CIRTL Network Online Courses on Teaching

Online graduate courses from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network allow you to interact with faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students from 41 research universities. All participants who successfully complete course activities and assignments will receive a letter of completion. Cornell graduate students or postdocs interested in enrolling for independent study credit for fall semester should contact CU-CIRTL Program Director Colleen McLinn at

Early registration for spring courses is open from December 12-December 28. Cornell is a CIRTL member institution, so Cornell affiliates can register during this time. Regular registration runs from January 2-22.

CIRTL Online Courses for Spring 2018

Spring semester courses are offered between January 29 and April 11, 2018. More information

The College Classroom

Explore how people learn, discuss how to monitor and investigate the effectiveness of the learning environment, learn what it means to create an inclusive classroom environment that engages all learners, and utilize backward design to develop a microteaching project. 

  • January 31 - April 11, 2018
  • Meets weekly on Wednesdays, 11:30 am-1:00 pm ET
  • Instructors: Julie Briski and April Dukes, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1 credit optional


Diversity in the College Classroom

Understand the theory behind how diversity affects learning and develop practical classroom strategies.

  • January 29 - March 19, 2018
  • Meets weekly on Mondays from 3:00-4:30 pm ET
  • Instructors: Gabriela Zapata, Texas A&M University, and Rachel Kennison, University of California Los Angeles
  • 1 credit optional


Research Mentor Training

Develop a personal mentoring philosophy, learn how to articulate that philosophy across a variety of disciplines, and refine strategies for dealing with mentoring challenges. 

  • January 30 - April 10, 2018
  • Meets weekly on Tuesdays, 2:30 am - 3:45 pm ET
  • Instructor: Jeffrey Franke, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 1 credit optional


CIRTL Reads: A Journal Club on STEM Teaching (Short Course)

Read and discuss recent articles on STEM pedagogy and current trends in STEM education, in an online journal club meeting through web conferencing. 

  • January 29 - April 20, 2018
  • Meets on certain Tuesdays, between the hours of 11:30 am - 1:30 pm ET 
  • Instructor: Adam Blanford, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Credit: TBA


Engaging Students in the Teaching of Statistics (Short Course)

Learn about backwards design, develop an understanding of diversity that maximizes everyone's learning, and explore approaches to engage students actively in their own learning. 

  • March 14 - April 11, 2018
  • Meets weekly on Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
  • Instructors: Rick Nordheim, Frederick Boehm, and Don Gillian-Daniel, CIRTL Network
  • Credit: N/A


Graduate students and postdocs have registration priority, followed by faculty and staff. Optional local credit is available for some online CIRTL courses upon request, through a graduate individual study course number. Cornell community members should contact for information.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

Learn about developing effective, evidence-based STEM teaching practices at your own pace through online video modules and discussion boards in this MOOC developed by CIRTL Network faculty.

  • Starts Feburary 5, 2018
  • Registration dates to be announced
  • Self-paced online course materials, weekly local discussions at Cornell TBD based on participant schedules.
  • Instructors: TBA
  • Credit: N/A


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