Develop Your Teaching over Winter Break

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars will have the opportunity to improve their college teaching skills and earn the first level of certification from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Program during winter break. This unique opportunity allows students to select from an array of online and in-person sessions geared towards improving college teaching. Participants accomplishing the 5 units will receive CIRTL certificates noting their professional learning achievement.

“CIRTL lets students customize their professional development goals by selecting programming that meets their individual interests,” says Dr. Erin Barnes, CIRTL program coordinator. Dr. Barnes assists students in achieving CIRTL credit and supports their progress through the levels.

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can register online for the workshops. Several of the workshops can be completed online.

CIRTL was established in 2003 with support from the National Science Foundation and aims to improve undergraduate education through quality teacher training for future faculty. For graduate students, this means an opportunity to improve and document your teaching skills.

The University of Iowa’s CIRTL Program is among 43 nationally-recognized STEM teaching-development efforts housed in institutions of higher education across the country. The program is built on three core ideas: teaching as research, learning communities, and learning through diversity, and stresses the use of evidence-based practices.

To achieve the CIRTL Associate Level during Winter Break, CIRTL participants will choose from local activities. Opportunities offered during the winter break include:

  • “How Learning Works” by Megan Knight on Monday, January 8, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (1 unit). Explore approaches for teaching adult learners: Bloom's Taxonomy/Perry/Baxter-Magolda, novice/expert issues, and the role of metacognition.
  • “STEAMPROV” by Lisa Kelly on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (2 units). Learn techniques to reach a variety of audiences. Improve your ability to listen and respond through simple theatre games.
  • “Learning Analytics” by Russell Larsen on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (1 unit). Explore how students’ digital footprints reveal paths towards success in learning and teaching.
  • “Human Subjects Research for Teaching-as-Research (TAR) Projects” by Brent Collinsworth on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (1 unit). Learn about the requirements for developing a new project application for a teaching-focused, research project.
  • “Tools for Online Teaching” by Erin Barnes on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (1 unit). Explore considerations for developing an online course, and become familiar with diverse tools that can be used to make the online experience engaging to students.
  • “TA Teaching Institute” by the Center for Teaching on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (2 units). Discuss characteristics of the UI undergraduate population, practical methods to better understand students in the courses you teach, and steps to effectively utilize student information to inform your teaching practices.

After earning the Associate Certificate, students can elect to advance to higher levels within CIRTL by developing, implementing, and disseminating research findings pertaining to a teaching-focused research project.

Winter Series Speaker Bios

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