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The TEACH Symposium is free and open to any member of the Stanford community. Join colleagues in over 25 different online sessions about teaching, learning, and academic technology.

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August 30–September 3, 2021


The Autumn TEACH Symposium will offer all new free, online workshops on how to prepare for the return to in person teaching. What experiences or lessons learned from online teaching might we take back with us? What strategies will help students and instructors reacclimate to learning in real life? How might courses incorporate hybrid elements to support learning goals, promote inclusivity, or prepare for the next disruption? How can we continue to build on the TEACH values framework?

Don't want to wait until August? Check out the Media Library (SU login required) for recordings and materials from past symposia. 

Autumn 2021 TEACH Symposium

The Essentials

1.Symposium Sessions. Read about the sessions and find the ones that interest you. 

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Browse Session Descriptions

2. Schedule-at-a-Glance. Quickly check to see which sessions work best for your schedule.

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Check out the Calendar of Sessions

3.Symposium Registration. Register for one or register for all. You will receive a calendar invite with Zoom links for each registered session along with an overall summary of your registered sessions. 

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 4. Friday Course Clinic (9:00-11:00am Pacific Time). Drop in any time to get answers for your specific tech and teaching questions or just brainstorm and chat with other participants. Campus teaching, learning, and technology experts will be on hand for one-on-one consultations. You will automatically receive a calendar invitation to the Course Clinic when you register for any session.  

5.Teaching Commons Media Library. Miss a session? Want to see recordings from past TEACH Symposia? Looking for materials from a session you attended?

Check the Media Library

6. Questions? Problems? Requests? Reach out to Lauri Dietz (

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Symposium for?

Whether you're teaching online for the first time in the spring or already have some online teaching under your belt, the TEACH Symposium offers you a place to refresh your ideas, problem-solve, and be inspired.

Staff members, TAs, graduate students, etc. also have attended and found useful information in past sessions. All Stanford affiliates welcome! 

Do I have to come the whole time?

No. Come to as many sessions as you like. We encourage participants to pick and choose the sessions that are most useful. 

Does the Symposium count towards the Postdoc Teaching Certificate?

Yes! All of the activities in the TEACH Symposia count toward training hours for the Postdoc Teaching Certificate.

Who organizes the Symposium?

The individual TEACH Symposium sessions are planned and led by over 20 units from across the university. The Autumn 2021 TEACH Symposium as a whole is organized by a cross-unit VPUE team:

  • Lauri Dietz (Organizing Committee Chair), Associate Director, Introductory Seminars & Faculty Development, Stanford Introductory Studies
  • Catherine Randle, Administrative Manager, Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Michael Rouan, Sr. Director, Academic Technology Innovation, Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Gloriana Truijillo, Director, Faculty and Lecturer Programs, Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Special thanks to SIS Digital Ambassador Ellie Fajer for conference support!

What’s the code of conduct at the Symposium?

The TEACH Symposium strives to be a collaborative, positive learning experience for all, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, physical appearance, race, religion (or lack thereof), sexual orientation, or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference session facilitators and organizers. (Thanks to for inspiring the language of our code of conduct.) 

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Suggested Session Itineraries

  • By Level: See all sessions designed for introductory, intermediate, and everyone.
  • By Session Type:
    • Workshop: Hands-on learning session where participants are doing, creating, practicing, etc.
    • Presentation: Delivery of research, ideas/concepts, or a case study with the goal of expanding participants' knowledge base on a specific topic.
    • Demonstration: Modeling or teaching others how to use a specific academic technology tool or application.
    • Conversation: Discussion-based, where participants and facilitators are co-creators of the content and direction, such as through a Q&A format.
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Past Symposium Videos

If you would like access to some of the session recordings and materials from July and August, check out the Teaching Commons Media Library (SUNet login required; make sure you're using your Stanford Google account). 

TEACH Framework logo reads "Developed by Stanford Teaching Commons. Timely: be responsive to students' and instructors' needs and circumstances."

About the TEACH Framework

The Symposium builds on the Stanford TEACH framework to value instruction that is Timely, Engaging, Accessible, Connected, and Humane. Learn more.