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CIRTL Network Upcoming Events and Courses

The CASTLE -  CIRTL learning community serves three levels of engagement, Associate, Practitioner and Scholar- through activities that include courses, workshops, symposia, and seminars centered in STEM teaching and learning. Members of the CASTLE - CIRTL Learning Community will receive correspondence through an active listserv with information regarding local and Cross-Network activities.


At the CASTLE - CIRTL Associate level, all participants must complete three of the courses in the core curriculum of the NSF-NRT-IGE: PROFESS Program. This newly developed program prepares future faculty on Drexel's campus and includes a mentoring program for students to interact with a mentor from their discipline who can speak to evidence and challenges relevant to teaching in that discipline.

To reach the Associate level, participants must complete three of the courses in the core curriculum for the PROFESS program. Participants will be required to take Foundations in Evidence-Based STEM Education, and Advanced Pedagogical Techniques for Undergraduate STEM Education, where they will learn about evidence-based teaching, learning communities, and learning through diversity. They will then need to take either STEM Education Research or STEM Program Evaluation/Assessment.


At the CASTLE - CIRTL Practitioner level, students must complete the requirements for the Associate level and must complete all core (the four described above) and elective courses (two from a list of eight course focused on teaching and/or STEM education) in the PROFESS Program, and complete at least one internship to gain real-world experience in STEM education. These internships will focus on teaching, education research, curriculum design and/or education assessment.


For the Scholar level, participants must complete the entire PROFESS Program, including three internships. Those participants that earn a Master's in Undergraduate STEM Education as part of their PROFESS Program will be considered to be at the Scholar level for the CIRTL program.


CIRTL Courses Open for Registration! 

CIRTL's spring 2017 cross-Network courses are open for registration now! All CIRTL courses have enrollment caps, so register soon. You'll need an account on the CIRTL website to register, and students will be referred to the institution and discipline listed in your profile to help determine your registration priority.

Take a look at the CIRTL courses coming up!

Developing a Teaching Portfolio

Portfolios don't just help you in the job search, they can help refine and advance your teaching in the classroom, too. In this class students will explore model teaching portfolios, write a personal philosophy of teaching, assemble evidence of their teaching, develop and present their own teaching portfolios, and use peer review rubrics to evaluate their own and peers' portfolios. Prior teaching experience is helpful, but not required. The majority of this course takes place asynchronously, outside of the two sessions on January 31 and March 21. Available for 1 optional credit. Open to 20 students.


The College Classroom

Students will learn the basics of effective teaching as well as ideas at the forefront of college education, including digital approaches to teaching and learning. Students will explore their teaching philosophy, design a course curriculum, learn how to monitor and investigate the effectiveness of the learning environment, and learn what it means to create an inclusive classroom environment that engages all learners. Available for 1 optional credit. Open to 30 students.


Diversity in the College Classroom

The course is designed for STEM educators interested in considering diversity issues in college-level teaching. We will explore definitions of diversity, consider ways that instructor and student diversity and implicit biases can influence how we teach and learn, and work together to develop effective techniques and strategies for teaching inclusively. Students will create their own inclusive teaching plan and present it to the class at the end of the semester. Available for 1 optional credit. Open to 32 students.


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. From February 2 through April 20, students will attend 6 online sessions and, on weeks without sessions, students will complete assignments to help develop their own materials for a sample online course. At the end of the semester, students will present those materials to the class. Available for 1 optional credit. Open to 30 students.


Research Mentor Training

In this seminar-style class, participants will work with a community of peers to develop and improve their mentoring skills. By the end of the seminar, participants should be able to clearly articulate a personal mentoring philosophy to anyone inside or outside their discipline, and describe multiple strategies for dealing with mentoring challenges. Available for 1 optional credit. Open to 25 students.


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 need or issue, and includes reflective activities to demonstrate and deepen the service and learning connections. This course will introduce best practices, research, and examples of the pedagogy, with a special focus on STEM disciplines. Not available for credit. Open to 20 students.