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2024 Teaching Commons Conference

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The Teaching Commons Conference* is a free, in-person event held on campus at Paul Brest Hall that brings together people from across Stanford University for professional development, networking, and socializing around undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning. 

*Formerly known as the TEACH Conference

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2024 Teaching Commons Conference: Cultivating Connection


The Teaching Commons Conference will be held in person on Friday, May 10, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Paul Brest Hall at Stanford's main campus. Please note that this conference is entirely in-person.

The conference includes multiple panel discussions, remarks from campus leaders, a campus partners fair, and various concurrent sessions. Concurrent sessions include interactive workshops and lightning talks. We will also provide breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception.  


The conference theme of cultivating connection examines the interdependent relationship between teaching and learning, and educators and students, to promote collaboration that can transform teaching and learning experiences at Stanford. 

  • Elevating Student Voices: Focusing on amplifying students' perspectives, empowering student contributions, and advocating for students' roles in shaping impactful learning experiences. 
  • Cultivating Connections Between Teachers and Learners: Examining ways to strengthen empathy and communication between educators and students to build a collaborative educational environment.
  • Partnerships Across Campus: Promoting interdisciplinary collaborations to enrich academic communities, emphasizing the breaking down of silos and fostering campus-wide collaborations.

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All members of the Stanford community are invited to attend. Conference attendance is completely free.

Register for the 2024 Teaching Commons Conference

Schedule of events

9:00-10:00Morning Keynote Address by Seamus Harte, Stanford d.schoolPaul Brest Hall

Lightning Talks

  1. GenAI: A service animal with a hundred PhDs
  2. Practical skill building in Aero/Astro through project-based learning
  3. Agile Course Development
  4. Integrating Generative AI in Teaching Humanities
  5. What are Students Looking For in Your Syllabus Before Enrolling?
Paul Brest Hall
11:15-12:15Concurrent WorkshopsMaking the Most of the "Team" in Team TeachingMunger 138
The Very Techy Collaborator: Using iPads to Create Picture BooksMunger 123
Collaborating with Artificial and Human Intelligences: the Development of Learning Competencies in Times of AIPaul Brest Hall
12:15-1:00Lunch and Student Discussion PanelRehnquist Courtyard & Paul Brest Hall
1:00-2:00Campus Partners Fair & DessertsJacobson-Sorensen Hall
2:15-3:15Afternoon Plenary PanelPaul Brest Hall

Lightning Talks

  1. Picture This: Harnessing AI Image Generators for Student Portfolios
  2. Digital Diagnosis: Leveraging Media for Healthcare Education (featuring ChatGPT!)
  3. Supporting Faculty Professional Development Through Flexible Microlearning
  4. Transforming Faculty Workshops into DIY Kits for the Teaching Commons Community
Paul Brest Hall
4:15-5:00Social HourRehnquist Courtyard

Location and parking

The conference takes place at Paul Brest Hall, located at 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA 94305. Food will be served in the Rehnquist Courtyard outside of Paul Brest Hall.  

The closest parking is at Wilbur Field Garage, 560 Wilbur Way, Stanford, CA 94305.

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