Prerequisites

None

About this course

This free online course provides preparation for current and future STEM faculty members in effective teaching strategies and the evidence that supports these strategies. Participants will learn how to (a) engage students in active learning in classrooms using strategies such as peer instruction and problem-based learning, (b) develop methods to help their students think more like experts in their fields using inquiry-based labs and similar activities, (c) turn their classrooms into learning communities through cooperative learning and using the diverse perspectives of their students, and (d) use approaches like flipped classrooms that make it possible to build active and collaborative learning into their classes.

This course builds on the CIRTL Network course, “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching.” That course is recommended, but not required, as a prerequisite for participating in this course.

What you'll learn

  • Effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them
  • The value of learning through diversity and strategies to incorporate it in your classroom.
  • How to assess these pedagogical strategies and decide which you would like to implement in your classroom.

Meet your instructors

Derek Bruff
Director
Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching
Bennett Goldberg
Director of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
Northwestern University
Henry (Rique) Campa
Associate Dean, Graduate School
Michigan State University
Cynthia Brame
Ph.D. Assistant Director at the Center for Teaching Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences
Vanderbilt University
Monica Carter
Coordinator for Postdoctoral Scholar and CIRTL Programs
University at Buffalo
Colleen McLinn
Director of CIRTL at Cornell
Cornell University