When we teach online, it can be easy to think instrumentally about the technology and the infrastructure we use. But it's important that we use the opportunity we have in moving online to re-center and re-articulate our values around what we care about as instructors at Stanford.
Developed by Lauri Dietz, Associate Director of Introductory Seminars and Faculty Development, this TEACH framework offers a values-based framework to advance our teaching mission.
What core values should we center in our teaching at Stanford?
Timely teaching is responsive to students’ and instructors’ current social, emotional, and intellectual needs with consideration for the extraordinary circumstances that may influence the teaching and learning context so that everyone is in the best position to succeed.
Engaging teaching invites students to tap into their internal motivation to learn more through doing, creating, and reflecting.
Accessible teaching explicitly welcomes all students to bring their whole selves into the learning community and intentionally creates an inclusive learning environment that respects the dignity of each student by providing the tools and support necessary for as many students as possible to achieve the learning goals.
Connected teaching encourages students to situate their learning within the class community as well as surrounding communities (e.g., familial, social, civic, residential, disciplinary, professional, etc.) and to integrate what they learn across curricular and co-curricular contexts.
Humane teaching is compassionate teaching in that it prioritizes the personal over the perfect.
Altogether, the TEACH framework is what allows us to set lofty learning goals that can feel out of students’ reach because we have faith in our students to rise to the occasion, knowing that we are providing the guidance, resources, and flexibility they need to succeed.