The IntroSems Program offers both financial and pedagogical resources to support faculty in creating active, engaging, and vibrant small seminars.
- Discover Pedagogical Resources, including information from our past Teaching Sessions.
- Explore Academic Technology for Stanford Introductory Studies
- Learn about supplemental funding for IntroSem courses
IntroSems is organized around faculty teaching small seminars comprising first and second year students. IntroSems faculty often remark that witnessing/fostering students’ excitement, new perspectives, and emerging disciplinary/research skills is the most rewarding part of teaching IntroSems. And, faculty often note that frosh and frosh and sophomores are at a unique stage in their learning. (For example, depending on when the IntroSem is offered, enrolled first year students might have celebrated their proms only months prior!)
To support faculty—many of whom are making the transition from large course to small seminars and from lectures to active learning via their IntroSems course—in building on the strengths of these budding learners, IntroSems offers a range of pedagogical development opportunities, including:
One-On-One ConsultationsIntroSems faculty and instructors may consult throughout the quarter to discuss topics ranging from planning a syllabus to determining how to use course enhancement funds, to debriefing course evaluations.
All IntroSems faculty and instructors are invited to attend a program orientation session before their quarter of instruction. While the orientation is primarily designed for people new to teaching in the IntroSems program, it’s a great opportunity for everyone to connect with and talk to other people who teach during a particular quarter.
WorkshopsOffered exclusively to IntroSems instructors, these workshops are designed to address the specific needs of IntroSems faculty, and feature topics such as designing inclusive courses, planning active learning activities, navigating unexpected classroom conversations, and providing coaching through feedback.
Academic Technology Support
A specialist in academic technology is available to work with IntroSems faculty on a wide range of projects, including designing interactive on-line discussion forums to implementing video annotation software to creating digital projects, such as podcasts and web pages. Examples of IntroSems projects that have incorporated innovative uses of technology may be found at the IntroSems Student Project Gallery. For more information about developing instructional technology tools, contact Hollie Fortkamp at email@example.com.
IntroSems Faculty Handbook
The Introductory Seminars Instructor Handbook provides an overview of the mission and goals of the IntroSems program along with specific strategies and recommendations for designing and teaching a small seminar for first-year, sophomore, and new transfer students.
Looking for ideas for facilitating discussions? Download the Discussion Chart here.