Engineering GSI & IA Teaching Orientation

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Winter 2024 Orientation Details


    • Part 1 is from December 10, 2023 (12 a.m.) – January 15, 2024 (9 a.m.)
    • Part 2 is a synchronous practice teaching session, held between Sunday, January 7 and Friday, January 19
    • For those required to fulfill Part 3, Part 3 is due on April 8, 2024

Mode of Instruction / Location:

    • Part 1 is online and asynchronous.
    • Part 2 is online and synchronous at a time selected by the GSI / IA.
    • Both options for Part 3 contain a synchronous component that may be online or in-person depending on your selection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is E-GSI/IA TO located?

A: Part 1 of the Engineering GSI/IA Teaching Orientation (E-GSI/IA TO) is held online, within a virtual Canvas course.

Part 2 of E-GSI/IA TO includes Practice Teaching, which will be held remotely for Winter 2024 via Zoom. 

Part 3 is required for IAs in CSE and ECE and for all GSIs. (You will be excused from Part Three if you don’t fit into one of those categories.) For this part of the orientation, you will need to complete one of two options.

  • Option #1: Attend one of several workshops held throughout the semester (different dates/times, various configurations of fully online / hybrid / in-person) and then write a short reflection, which will be due on April 8.
  • Option #2: Sign up for and participate in a Midterm Student Feedback (MSF) session with one of our Engineering Teaching Consultants (ETCs).
Q: Am I required to attend E-GSI/IA TO?

A: All new College of Engineering GSIs and IAs are required to attend E-GSI/IA TO. Any new GSI or IA who does not complete the training requirements will not be allowed to serve as a College of Engineering IA in future terms.

Returning College of Engineering GSIs and IAs who have already attended orientation do not need to complete any training that they have already completed. They may be asked to complete additional training elements as required by the College of Engineering.

Q: How do I access the Canvas course?

A: In order to gain access to the Canvas course when it opens, please make sure your appointment is confirmed with your department. If you do not get an invite to the Canvas course by the start of the semester, please email

Q: How can I receive accommodations?

A: If you would benefit from accommodations, please let us know by emailing We will do our best to provide appropriate accommodations in order to facilitate full participation in the orientation. See the Michigan Services for Students with Disabilities website for more guidance.

Q: What tools will I need?

A: Before you begin, please make sure you have:

  • A laptop, computer, tablet, or mobile device to access the training modules. 
  • An internet connection capable of streaming video clips (for some, but not all, modules).
  • Writing materials: You may choose to write out your reflections in a journal or notebook, type them on a computer or mobile device, or record yourself speaking aloud. Whatever the method, we strongly encourage you to actually record your thoughts when doing the reflections and activities, as this will help you develop your thinking as you work through the modules at your own pace. You may find your notes especially helpful to reference as you plan for your upcoming course, discussion section, or lab.

The syllabus and any other information you have available to you about your GSI/IA role and responsibilities for your upcoming teaching appointment, as this will be a helpful reference to you as you work your way through the orientation.

Q: What training is required for returning Engineering Student Instructors?

A: All GSIs and IAs in the College of Engineering (CoE) are required to complete the following training elements: Part 1 – Canvas Orientation Training Modules; Part 2 – Practice Teaching; and Part 3 – Ongoing Professional Development. If you were a CoE GSI or IA in the past and did not complete all the training elements, you must complete them this semester. You will be added to a Canvas course that contains your required training. For questions about requirements, please email