Massive Open Online Courses on STEM Teaching

These massive open online courses (MOOCs) are designed to prepare aspiring faculty in STEM fields (natural and social sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to be more effective teachers. Both courses are offered via EdX, with the Spring offering of Course 2 starting on February 5, 2018.

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Local Discussion Groups and Reminder Emails

If you’re interested in a weekly or biweekly MOOC discussion at any of the Cornell campuses, please contact Colleen McLinn at Groups will have the opportunity to discuss and apply course ideas in person, and discussion leaders will receive instructor guides, mentoring, and a budget for refreshments and photocopies. Or, if you just want accountability through weekly group emails and assignment reminders, we can arrange that, too.

Information session for Course 2

  • Monday, February 5, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 pm ET - RSVP
  • 341 Caldwell Hall
  • Lunch provided
  • Questions? Contact Colleen at 

Course 2: Advancing Learning through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching


This eight-week course prepares science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instructors to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers. Participants will learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, including active learning and flipped classroom approaches. Learn more

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This course begins on February 5, 2018. Enroll via EdX

RSVP for an information session

MOOC Instructors

  • Cynthia Brame and Derek Bruff - Vanderbilt University
  • Rique Campa - Michigan State University
  • Bennett Goldberg - Northwestern University



  • Week 1 – Practice and Feedback - Peer Instruction (February 5 - 11)
  • Week 2 – Practice and Feedback - Problem-Based Learning (February 12 - 18)
  • Week 3 – Thinking Like a Scientist - Inquiry-Based Labs (February 19 - 25)
  • Week 4 – Learning Communities - Cooperative Learning (February 26 - March 4)
  • Week 5 – Learning Communities - Learning through Diversity (March 5 - 11)
  • Week 6 – Course Design - The Flipped Classroom (March 12 - 18)
  • Week 7 – Principles and Practices - Final Assignment Submission (March 19 - 25)
  • Week 8 – Peer Feedback (March 26 - April 1)

Learn more and enroll

Course 1: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching is a massive open online course designed to prepare aspiring faculty in STEM fields to be more effective teachers through an introduction to evidence-based STEM teaching practices. You will learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. You'll then apply your learning to the design of lessons and assignments for use in your future teaching or job application packages. After completing this course, you will be a more informed and confident teacher, equipped for greater success in the classroom.

This eight-week course draws on the expertise of STEM faculty, educational researchers, and staff from university teaching centers, many of them affiliated with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 43 research universities collaborating in the preparation of STEM graduate students and postdocs as future faculty members. There are opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, both online and within Cornell, as we also offer local discussion groups around the MOOC activities. Learn more

MOOC Instructors

  • Derek Bruff - Vanderbilt University
  • Rique Campa - Michigan State University
  • Bennett Goldberg - Boston University
  • Trina McMahon - University of Wisconsin-Madison



  • Week 1 – Principles of Learning: Prior Knowledge and Knowledge Organization
  • Week 2 – Principles of Learning: Practice, Feedback, and Motivation
  • Week 3 – Learning Objectives
  • Week 4 – Assessment of Learning
  • Week 5 – Active Learning
  • Week 6 – Inclusive Teaching
  • Week 7 – Review and Final Project
  • Week 8 – Conclusion

Learn more and enroll

Flyer about Fall 2017 session (PDF)

Future Plans

The instructors are releasing most of the learning materials generated for these courses in an open-source manner, so that anyone can incorporate materials such as videos in new or existing training programs for current and future faculty. Visit to view video content.


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MOOC development and research on effectiveness has been funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE #: 1347605), to Rique Campa of Michigan State University. Co-investigators are Kitch Barnicle, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University, Bennett Goldberg, Northwestern University, and Robert Mathieu, University of Wisconsin-Madison.