Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning


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Established in 2003 with the support of the National Science Foundation, the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning seeks to improve teaching skills and increase the diversity of future university faculty in STEM fields.

Learn more about CIRTL's core ideas and learning outcomes

Programming

CIRTL programming is implemented through a number of platforms, including courses, workshops, CIRTLcasts, MOOCs, journal clubs and more.

Below are some opportunities currently available for you to get involved. To participate, you must sign up to participate in the CIRTL Network Commons

SUMMER 2021 Opportunities

This summer CIRTL's online programming includes four short courses, a MOOC, three teaching institutes, and one event series. Programming will be scheduled throughout April, and schedules will be posted on our website and announced in our newsletters as they are confirmed. Registration will open by early May.

Courses

The goal of the eight-week course is to equip the next generation of faculty to be effective teachers, thus improving the learning experience for the thousands of students they will teach. The course draws on the expertise of a variety of STEM faculty, educational researchers, and staff from university teaching centers, many of them affiliated with the CIRTL Network. Participants will learn how to engage students in active learning in classrooms using strategies such as peer instruction and problem-based learning, develop methods to help their students think more like experts in their fields using inquiry-based labs and similar activities, turn their classrooms into learning communities through cooperative learning and using the diverse perspectives of their students, and use approaches like flipped classrooms that make it possible to build active and collaborative learning into their classes. Formats include video content and transcripts, readings, discussion forums, quizzes, and peer-graded assignments where you will plan teaching and learning activities relevant to your discipline. 

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This online blended 10-week course walks students through online course development in a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities. The course will begin with 4 weeks of synchronous online sessions providing an overview of the course and effective online pedagogy. This will be followed by a mix of synchronous and asynchronous sessions on building a course. Each week will involve approximately 4-6 hours of readings, videos, assignments, discussions, and peer feedback. During this time students will work on their final projects where they will develop materials for an online course (or unit) they plan to teach in the future. The course will end with 1 week of student micro-teaching presentations to the group. 

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