Carnegie Mellon University

Eberly Center

Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Instructor Orientation

Do you have a teaching appointment this coming semester as a grader, teaching assistant, or an instructor of record? Are you interested in learning some evidence-based strategies that will help you to effectively and efficiently fulfill that role? If so, please plan on attending our Graduate and Undergraduate Student Instructor Orientation (GUSIO) event. 

Note: This year’s event combines our previous Graduate Student Instructor Orientation (GSIO) and Undergraduate Student Instructor Orientation (UIO).

GUSIO will be held remotely, with options for participating in live Zoom sessions as well as self-paced online modules. If you are unable to attend the live Zoom sessions, recordings and interactive training exercises will be made available to registered students via Canvas, after the live sessions have been given. 

Each of the sessions will focus on different aspects of teaching and learning, including strategies for teaching students in an online environment. New and returning TAs are encouraged to attend, and all sessions count towards “core” seminar credit in the Eberly Center’s Future Faculty Program. For a description of the sessions offered, please see this PDF.

*Save the Dates* 

The following seminars will be offered as synchronous Zoom sessions on Friday, January 29th

  • Creating a Welcoming and Supportive Climate from Day One (Friday, January 29, 11:00-12:30 EST)
  • Conducting Productive and Engaging Discussions (Friday, January 29, 1:00-2:30 EST)
  • Teaching Problem Solving in Recitations (Friday, January 29, 3:00-4:30 EST)

The following seminars will be offered as asynchronous, online modules from Monday, January 18th through midnight on February 15th. Each module should take approximately 90-120 minutes to complete.

  • Grading and Providing Feedback on Quantitative Assignments (Problem Sets, Code, etc.)
  • Grading and Providing Feedback on Writing Assignments (Papers, Lab Reports, etc.)
  • Working Well One-on-One with Students (e.g., in Office Hours)

Note: The “Grading and Providing Feedback” modules are very similar, with the main difference being the examples featured during activities. We do not recommend completing both modules due to the large amount of overlap.

Registration for all sessions is available HERE, beginning Monday, January 18. Once your registration has been processed (note: this may take up to 24 hours), you will be emailed instructions for self-enrolling in the GUSIO Canvas course. This course contains access to all session materials (slides, handouts, etc.) as well as links to the online modules and Zoom sessions. 

Asynchronous option for Zoom sessions: If you are not able to attend any of the live Zoom sessions, you can access session recordings and complete the accompanying training activities via Canvas. Access will only be provided to registered participants, and all materials must be viewed/completed by midnight Monday, February 15, after which participant access will be removed.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Anyone completing online modules or the asynchronous Zoom sessions must complete their work in the Canvas modules by midnight Monday, February 15 in order to receive Future Faculty Program and/or departmental attendance credit.