Introductory Courses

The Oracle Team America yacht in the SF Bay during the 2013 America's Cup. Photo by Tom Ehman.
Sep 2, 2014
This team of engineering faculty led a small group of rising sophomores to explore the engineering of sailing, taking advantage of the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco.
Classroom, male Caucasian student in foreground listening, taking notes
May 8, 2014
What makes teaching first-years different from teaching more advanced students? Certain issues are much more important. Here are classroom tactics to address them.
Caucasian male student in class, speaking; neighbors watching
Apr 30, 2014
Modular, peer-led review sessions help students in large, introductory courses prepare for exams.
White male student speaking in class, serious
Apr 11, 2014
How do 18-year-olds view learning? How do you enlarge their views and relate to them? Some answers from Stanford professors.
Male students sitting in class, attentive, positive
Apr 7, 2014
A highly realistic practice exam, with peer tutor support, helps students in large, introductory courses prepare for midterms.
Apr 3, 2014
Have you considered how your students’ identities influence how they experience your teaching? A recent panel session at Stanford discussed how identity, motivation, and stereotype threat impact learning.
Sep 9, 2013
Profs. Berman and Zoback aim for students to understand the complexity of global issues and sustainability through readings and discussion
Fisheye-lens view of a large lecture hall, some students moving around
Jun 21, 2013
Imagine you’ve been asked to teach a new class: 
May 23, 2013
In teaching biology to undergraduates, I want them to discover the thrill of discovery. I'll talk about designing a large introductory research-based laboratory class that challenges students to create and share scientific knowledge.


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