Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teaching Orientation: Winter 2022

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Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) will offer Winter 2022 GSI Teaching Orientation (GSITO) as an online Canvas course available beginning Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. noon. In addition to engaging with asynchronous modules, GSIs will have the opportunity to participate in an online, synchronous Practice Teaching session (GSIs will choose from Practice Teaching sessions offered on December 13, December 14, January 4, and January 5). Completion of online GSITO must occur by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 9, 2022.

How GSIs Will Enroll in GSITO:

  1. If you already have a GSI appointment: We will receive your name and contact information from your department and we will directly add you to the GSITO Canvas site which will launch on 12/7 at noon. We will also send you an email with instructions for selecting a Practice Teaching session.

  2. If you will not have a GSI appointment in W2022, do not yet know whether you will have a GSI appointment, or you wish to participate in a portion of GSITO again: Please fill out this form.

The online Canvas course portion of Winter 2022 GSITO will contain the following modules:

  • Module 1 - 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

  • Module 2 - Act for Equity: A Presentation by the CRLT Players 

  • Module 3 - Teaching for Equity During the First Week and Beyond 

  • Module 4 - Preparing for Practice Teaching*

  • Choose at least 2 of the following teaching topics:

    • Module 5 - Backward Design: Lesson Planning with the End in Mind 

    • Module 6 - Engaging Students in Face-to-Face and Online Classes

    • Module 7 - Teaching for Accessibility 

    • Module 8 - Technology for the First Days of Teaching

    • Module 9 - Facilitating Group Work to Maximize Learning 

    • Module 10 - Grading Assignments and Exams 

  • Module 11 - Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO) Resources

*In addition to these asynchronous Canvas modules, GSIs will have the opportunity to participate in an online synchronous Practice Teaching session. Please note that GSIs must complete Modules 1-4 before participating in a practice teaching session.


If you have any questions about GSITO, please email us at crlt.gsito@umich.edu

FAQs

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 2022 GSI Teaching Orientation (GSITO) is an online Canvas course available beginning Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. noon. In addition to engaging with asynchronous modules, GSIs will have the opportunity to participate in an online, synchronous Practice Teaching session (GSIs will choose from Practice Teaching sessions offered on December 13, December 14, January 4, and January 5). Completion of online GSITO must occur by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 9, 2022.


 

The Canvas course will be available beginning Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 12:00 pm. You will receive an automated Canvas email on December 7 notifying you of your enrollment in the CRLT 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 (karishms@umich.edu) 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 crlt.gsito@umich.edu.


 

 Please check back later for updated information on Fall 2022 GSITO.