Core Ideas of CIRTL@UCLA


  • STEM professor as change agent
  • The deliberate and systematic use of research
    methods to advance teaching and learning practices
  • Self-sustained improvement of STEM education

Learning Communities

  • In learning communities, graduate students,
    post-doc, and faculty share learning and discovery
  • Participants collaboratively construct knowledge
    and achieve learning goals
  • Supports growth in teaching and learning


  • Excellence and diversity are necessarily intertwined
  • Students and faculty bring an array of experiences and skills
  • Learning of all students is enhanced if all engaged

Alignment with Graduate Division’s Core Competencies

Pathways of Engagement

We envision three types of CIRTL program outcomes: CIRTL Associate, CIRTL Practitioner, and CIRTL Scholar. These three CIRTL outcomes recognize first the role of the CIRTL core ideas in effective teaching and learning, then scholarly teaching that builds on the CIRTL core ideas to demonstrably improve learning and make the results public, and finally scholarship that advances teaching and learning under peer review. CIRTL program outcomes conceived in this way permit anyone to enter the CIRTL Network learning community from a wide variety of disciplines, needs, and past experiences, and to achieve success as a teacher at a wide variety of engagement.

The CIRTL Learning Outcomes outline a more formal and rigorous response to this query and delineate levels of experience and engagement with CIRTL, the CIRTL core ideas and with teaching and learning.