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Learn about the Teaching Commons team and our efforts to bring people together.

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The Teaching Commons website is part of Stanford's Teaching Commons, a wide-ranging initiative to create a dynamic and sustainable ecosystem for instructors, departments, and participating units that cultivates a student-centered, scholarly, and inclusive culture of teaching and learning in which all students and instructors thrive.

A brief history of the Teaching Commons

Teaching Commons will be familiar to many at Stanford. The first iteration of the Teaching Commons was a flagship website project created in 2013 by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), while in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning (VPOL).

In 2015, CTL and VPOL joined with others to form a new unit, the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL). While many groups, including VPTL and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR), were active users of the Teaching Commons, traffic to the site gradually declined, and by 2020 the web-hosting platform was also outdated.

In 2020, the rapid transition to online learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic created a perfect opportunity to restart the Teaching Commons website. Over the summer of 2020 a collaborative team of higher-education professionals from CTL, VPUE, and beyond, with skills in technology, learning design, communications, and professional development, worked to rapidly redesign and develop content for the Teaching Commons website, using a crowdsourced, collaborative approach to create an impressive and effective range of resources supporting Stanford’s pivot to remote teaching.

The year 2020 also saw the emergence of the TEACH series of professional development programs and the rapid growth of academic technology-related communities of practice (CoP). These efforts similarly leveraged a collaborative crowdsourced approach to support effective teaching and learning. 

In 2021, as Stanford resumed in-person instruction, the three teams behind the Teaching Commons website, TEACH events, and the Academic Technology CoP, joined together to establish a broader partnership with the mission to more comprehensively support a culture of excellence in teaching and learning. 

In 2022, the Teaching Commons continued to build on its successes with expanded and revised resources on the Teaching Commons website, the annual in-person TEACH Conference and quarterly online TEACH Symposia, and the network, events, and resources of the Academic Technology CoP.

Three areas of focus

The Teaching Commons partnership includes three main resources. Collectively we aim to curate and foster resources, solutions, strategies, and communities across the university to enhance teaching and learning practice.

The Teaching Commons Website offers teaching guides, articles, and on-demand media contributed from various schools, offices, and disciplines.

TEACH Events (Timely, Engaging, Accessible, Connected, Human), such as the TEACH Symposium and annual TEACH Conference, along with Course Clinics (drop-in consultation hours led by various Teaching Commons partners before the new quarter begins), offer ways to lead and learn.

Communities of Practice, such as the Academic Technology CoP, bring interested Stanford colleagues together around a common teaching-related interest to explore, learn, and work toward shared goals.
 

The Teaching Commons team, 2022

The Teaching Commons is made possible by the work and dedication of multiple teams of contributors from across the university. 

Teaching Commons Leadership Team

  • Cassandra Volpe-Horii (CTL)
  • Kenji Ikemoto (CTL)  
  • Lauri Deitz (IntroSems) 
  • Michael Rouan (CTL) 

TEACH Events Team

  • Carlos Seligo (HumBio/CTL)
  • Cassandra Volpe Horii (CTL)
  • Erik Brown (Digital Education)
  • Gloriana Trujillo (CTL)
  • Hollie Fortkamp (IntroSems) 
  • Jennifer Johnson (PWR)
  • Kenji Ikemoto (CTL)
  • Lauri Dietz (IntroSems) 
  • Michael Rouan (CTL)

Teaching Commons Website Team

  • Adam Hain (School of Medicine)
  • Alison Brauneis (GSB)
  • Andrei Baltakmens (CTL)
  • Beth Seltzer (GSB)
  • Cassandra Volpe Horii (CTL)
  • Cyndi Berhtram (Digital Education)
  • Deila Bumgardner (School of Medicine) 
  • Hollie Fortkamp (IntroSems)
  • Jon Jamieson (GSB)
  • Kenji Ikemoto (CTL) 
  • Kenny Ligda (CTL) 
  • Kimberly Hayworth (LTS)
  • Kristin Arguedas (CTL)
  • Mae Bethel (GSE IT)
  • Mitchell Dandignac (Learning Lab)
  • Paige Coleman (Learning Technologies & Spaces)

We also recognize the hard work and expertise of many people who have contributed to the Teaching Commons in previous years, without their support this resource would not exist.

Join the Teaching Commons team

The success of the Teaching Commons depends on the efforts of individual team members contributing toward our common goal. We are a diverse, dedicated, and compassionate community of educators who welcome all members of the Stanford community. Join our team to partner with like-minded colleagues, share resources and expertise, bring visibility to your work, and develop yourself professionally. To learn more contact us at TeachingCommons@stanford.edu.