Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teaching Orientation: Winter 2021

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Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation

Winter 2021 GSI Teaching Orientation (GSITO) will be offered as a Canvas course that will be available to GSIs starting at 12:00pm, Monday, January 4, 2021. Completion of the online GSITO must occur by 11:59pm, Friday, January 15, 2021 to ensure that CRLT can report completion data back to departments prior to the start of the winter term.

This online Winter 2021 GSITO will contain the following Canvas modules:

  • Welcome to Teaching at U-M
    • Remarks from the Dean of Rackham 
    • GSI Role and Responsibilities, including policy information such as:
      • religious-academic conflicts 
      • instructor-student relationships 
      • grading, FERPA, and academic integrity
  • Act for Equity: A Presentation by the CRLT Players 
  • Inclusive Teaching During the First Week and Beyond 
  • Choose at least 2 of the following teaching topics:
    • Backward Design: Lesson Planning with the End in Mind 
    • Technology for the First Days of Teaching
    • Teaching for Accessibility 
    • Engaging Students in Face-to-Face and Online Classes 
    • Facilitating Group Work to Maximize Learning 
    • Grading Assignments and Exams 
  • Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO) Resources

**Please note that we will NOT be able to offer the practice teaching session in this online version of the program.

If you have any questions about GSITO, please email us at

If you attended the orientation in Fall 2020, you can access the resources from the campus-wide GSI Teaching Orientation (GSITO) in the CRLT F2020 GSI Teaching Orientation Canvas course site. If you do not already have access to this Canvas site, you can request access by emailing

Registration (registration closed for Winter 2021, contact: with questions)

CRLT's GSI Teaching Orientation is designed to help new GSIs teaching on the Ann Arbor campus to prepare for their initial teaching experiences. It also has proven to be a valuable event for experienced GSIs and for graduate students who anticipate teaching in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions about GSITO


Winter 2021 GSITO will be available online starting Monday, January 4, 2021.


The Canvas course will be available beginning Monday, January 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm. After you have registered, you will receive an automated Canvas email on January 4, notifying you of your enrollment in the CRLT Winter GSI Teaching Orientation. You will need to accept your role as a student to access the Canvas Course.


CRLT provides university-wide GSI Teaching Orientations as a service to the campus community. You should check with the individual(s) who oversee GSI appointments in the department in which you will be teaching to find out whether participation in GSITO is required for your GSI appointment. 


CRLT does not determine whether GSITO is required for new GSIs, nor does it host a make-up event. Check with the individual(s) who oversee GSI appointments in your department to find out what its training requirements are. If there is no formalized policy regarding make-up events, CRLT is happy to consult with departments on establishing such a policy. GSI Coordinators can contact Karishma Collette ( to set up a time to discuss this issue. 


CRLT is committed to making our orientation as accessible as is possible. If you would benefit from accommodations to aid you in accessing the online orientation, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing


 Please check back in March for updated information on Fall 2021 GSITO.