[cirtl-announce] Summer 2020 Programming Preview

By on May 5, 2020


The CIRTL Network Summer 2020 Program

Interested in learning more about STEM teaching and learning this summer? Want to improve your online teaching knowledge before fall? CIRTL will be running courses, a MOOC, teaching institutes, and online teaching office hours this summer, each designed to dig into specific aspects of inclusive, effective, evidence-based STEM pedagogy. Schedules and registration will be announced starting next week, so stay tuned for updates!

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? Looking beyond CIRTL, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology is hosting a webinar tomorrow (May 6) to help grad students and postdocs navigate mental health resources on their campuses.

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Online Courses

Courses have live, real-time online sessions and require regular homework outside of those class meetings. Short courses typically meet weekly for one to two months, while full courses typically meet for two to three months. Registration is required; STEM grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive enrollment priority.

Basics of Online Learning and Teaching
Build your own online course in this blended 12-week course that walks students through online course development in a mix of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities. Cap: 30.

Engaging Students in the Teaching of Statistics (Short course)
Learn the pedagogical foundations to effective teaching and learning in statistics in this short 4-session course. Cap: 20.

Transforming Your Research into Teaching (Short course)
Learn how to build a course out of your research specialty in this 7-week course that guides grad students and postdocs through the fundamentals of course design. Cap: 20.


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

CIRTL MOOCs take place on the EdX platform and use video-based modules, discussion boards, and peer-reviewed assignments to teach participants about different aspects of evidence-based STEM teaching over the course of 8 weeks. Registration is required; there is no cost to participate and no enrollment cap. For more information, visit the CIRTL MOOC website.

An Introduction to Evidenced-Based STEM Teaching
Weekly asynchronous modules from 6/22 through 8/16
Learn about STEM teaching at your own pace through online video modules and discussion boards in this 8-week MOOC developed by CIRTL Network faculty. No cap.


Teaching Institutes

Teaching institutes are multi-day, intensive sessions aimed at improving grad students' and postdocs' STEM teaching skills. Institutes can last several days or an entire week and can take place in person or online; the universities that host these institutes reserve a select number of seats specifically for participants from across the CIRTL Network. This summer, institutes that typically take place in person will be offered online due to COVID-19. Registration is required; STEM grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive enrollment priority.

Teaching Institute at Johns Hopkins University

Learn common themes and challenges of teaching in higher ed during this 3-day institute. Due to COVID-19 this institute will take place online. Cap: 20 seats are reserved for CIRTL Network members outside of Johns Hopkins.

Summer Teaching Institute at the University of British Columbia

This week-long institute consists of teaching practice, theory application, and topical sessions specifically relevant to STEM graduate students and scholars new to teaching. Due to COVID-19 this institute will take place online. Cap: 25 seats are reserved for CIRTL Network members outside of UBC.

Online Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

Get a thorough introduction to CIRTL's approach to STEM education and work with disciplinary peers to develop a micro-teaching project in this week-long online institute designed for the CIRTL cross-Network community. Cap: 36.


Online Teaching Office Hours

Office hours have live, real-time online sessions focused on current topics in teaching and learning amid COVID-19. Sessions are one hour and run on a drop-in basis and do not require advance registration.

Running Online Discussion Sections
Discuss effective approaches to running synchronous online discussion sections in this session tailored to TAs.

Blending Asynchronous and Synchronous Online Teaching
Learn how to create a blended course in a cohesive way while fostering an equitable learning environment for students.

What does a TAR learning community look like during COVID-19?
Discuss how CIRTL practitioners have adjusted their Teaching as Research projects to a remote-teaching environment and reflect on the importance of community for future faculty in the wake of a pandemic.


Beyond CIRTL: Mental Health Awareness Month

Office hours have live, real-time online sessions focused on current topics in teaching and learning amid COVID-19. Sessions are one hour and run on a drop-in basis and do not require advance registration.

Additional Info

Genetics Education Postdoc, Cornell University (Deadline: 5/15)

Visiting Assistant Biology Professor, Oberlin College (Deadline: 5/15)


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This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1231286
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