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CIRTL Network Programming

The CIRTL network offers many free synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities, including online courses and MOOCs such as Introduction to Evidence-based Undergraduate STEM Teaching and Diversity in the College Classroom. Participants can engage in a variety of online workshops, courses, and webinars.

Teaching Institutes

Teaching institutes are intensive, multi-day programs that offer participants an in-depth introduction into a focused aspect of evidence-based teaching and learning. This summer, CIRTL is running 7 institutes, including our first-ever international institute (at the University of British Columbia) and our first-ever online institute (run by faculty and staff Yale University and Louisiana State University). Registration is required; STEM grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive enrollment priority. For more information, visit the summer institute announcement.

Intro to Problem-Based Learning Teaching Institute at the University of Delaware
May 22 through May 24 in at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE
Current and future educators can join a community of peers to learn about problem-based learning. Register at

Summer Institute on Qualitative Assessment Practices at Drexel University
August 21 through August 23 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA
Learn principles and effective techniques for assessment alongside fellow grad students and postdocs. Read more in our summer teaching institute announcement.

Evidence-Based Teaching Institute at the University of Boulder Colorado
July 23 through July 27 (afternoons only) at the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, CO
Learn how to develop course content and assessments in this institute for postdocs and new faculty. Register at

Summer Teaching Institute at the University of British Columbia
July 23 through July 27 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Join STEM grad students to learn teaching theory and practice in our first-ever international institute. Register at

Teaching Institute at Johns Hopkins University
Two offerings in late May and early June at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD
Learn common themes and challenges in teaching and education in higher ed in this 3-day institute. Registration is closed.

CIRTL Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching
July 23 through July 27, online in Blackboard Collaborate
Get a thorough introduction to CIRTL’s approach to STEM education in our first-ever online institute. Register at


Designing Your Course & Designing Yourself as a Teacher: A Simultaneous Process
Thursdays in July from 1-3PM CT, online in Blackboard Collaborate
Learn to think holistically about your course design and teaching philosophy in this 4-week short course. Registration will open in May.

CIRTL MOOC: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching
8 weeks starting June 11
Get an introduction to evidence-based STEM teaching in a MOOC developed by faculty from across the CIRTL Network. Registration is TBD.

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Productive Mentorship CIRTLCast Event Series: Part Two
June 21 and June 28 from 1-2PM CT, online in Blackboard Collaborate
Part two of our series on productive mentorship includes two events: a panel discussion on mental health and the mentor-mentee relationship, and a constructive debate on how mentoring has changed from over the past generation. Pending participant interest, additional events will be added to this series.

Next Steps: Leveraging Your TAR Project for Future Funding Opportunities
12:30-1:30PM CT on Wednesday, July 18 , online in Blackboard Collaborate
Learn how to use your Teaching-as-Research project to strengthen grant proposals in this drop-in event.


Developing a CV or Resume
July 10 and July 17 from 11AM-12:30PM CT, online in Blackboard Collaborate
Draft and refine your own resume and CV in this two-part online workshop. Registration will open in May.

CIRTL@UCLA Programming (Local)

CIRTL@UCLA local programs prepare all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with a collaborative space to explore best practices in teaching together. Local Learning Communities provide a structure and format with this space.

CEILS Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) Workshops

Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) Workshops are designed to share best practices in teaching pedagogy and strategies for implementation with faculty and instructors at UCLA. Many workshops are offered in advance of each quarter to help prepare for upcoming quarters.

  • Increasing Student Engagement through Interactive Polling (iClickers)
  • Designing Your Course Syllabus
  • Active Learning for Inclusive Classrooms
  • Creating Equitable Classroom Environments
  • 10+ Strategies for Getting Feedback from Students
  • Flipping Your Class With Camtasia – A Tool for Interactive Screencasts
  • Training Workshop for Using the Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS)

CEILS Journal Club for STEM Education Research

Fridays every quarter from 2:00 – 3:00 PM   Location: 1100 TSLB 

About Journal Club: Every quarter, participants explore relevant education literature in more depth and develop greater understanding of assessment techniques and data analysis methods. Presenters may select a paper and lead a discussion about how education researchers have documented the relationship between effective teaching practices and their impact on student learning, knowledge retention, and persistence in STEM majors. Alternatively, presenters describe classroom innovations and evidence-based instructional strategies they are trying in their own courses, soliciting feedback from participants while sharing their expertise in a variety of areas supporting instruction and assessment in STEM classrooms. Faculty, graduate students, and postdocs are welcome to participate!

View the schedule for this quarter!

Entering Mentoring Training (EMT) Program

Effective mentoring is critical to the retention of students in STEM fields and has been linked to greater productivity, research independence, and career satisfaction. In general, mentors do not receive any formalized training in mentoring. More specifically, mentors are unaware of specific issues related to mentoring diverse students.

Entering Mentoring Training is an 8 week curriculum based on the model: “Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists,” by J. Handlesman et al. 2009.