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 43 research universities. 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. 

Registration for the spring courses below runs from December 5 - January 10, pending available space.

CIRTL Online Course Offerings for Spring 2017

Basics of Online Learning and Teaching

This course is designed to help graduate students and postdocs new to teaching online learn how to design and run an effective course.

  • Thursdays, February 2, March 16, and March 30-April 20, 1:30-3:00 pm ET
  • Instructors: Colleen McLinn, Cornell University, and Nancy Abney, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 1 credit optional

The College Classroom

Learn the basics of effective teaching, explore your teaching philosophy, design a course curriculum, and learn how to investigate the effectiveness of the learning environment what it means to create an inclusive classroom.

  • Tuesdays, January 31-April 18, 11:00-12:20 pm ET
  • Instructors: Julie Breckenridge-Briski, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1 credit optional

Developing a Teaching Portfolio

Learn how to craft a teaching philosophy statement, document teaching experience, and effectively present evidence of teaching effectiveness in a professional teaching portfolio.

  • Tuesdays, January 31 and March 21, 3:00-5:00 pm ET
  • Instructors: Meredith Henry and Nancy Abney, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 1 credit optional

Diversity in the College Classroom

Become a better college instructor by considering the complex issues of diversity and how to address them effectively in your classroom practice.

  • Wednesdays, February 1-March 29, 12:00-1:30 pm ET
  • Instructors: Jenny Frederick, Yale University, and Kate Williams, Georgia Tech
  • 1 credit optional

Research Mentor Training

Work with a community of peers to develop and improve your mentoring skills. Articulate a personal mentoring philosophy and explore multiple strategies for dealing with mentoring challenges.

  • Thursdays, February 2-April 20, 3:00-4:15 pm ET
  • Instructors: Jeffrey Franke and Blessing Enekwe, University of Maryland College Park
  • 1 credit optional

Service Learning in STEM Classrooms: Introduction to Pedagogy and Practice
Service learning is a high-impact pedagogy that engages students in applying what they are learning about in their class to a real-world community issue, and includes reflective activities. Explore best practices, resources, and examples of this pedagogy.

  • Tuesdays, February 7-March 28, 2:00-4:00 pm ET
  • Instructor: Paul Matthews, University of Georgia
  • Not for credit

Teaching as Research

Learn basic concepts, techniques, and procedures of conducting a Teaching as Research (TAR) project in the undergraduate classroom. Develop a Teaching as Research proposal that you can carry out in a future semester.

  • Mondays, January 30-April 3, 11:00-12:30 pm ET
  • Instructor: Denise Pope, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1 credit optional

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 should contact CU-CIRTL Program Director Colleen McLinn at by February 6, 2017.

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