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Winter Quarter Professional Development Opportunities from CIRTL

Created: January 14, 2019

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) is offering a variety of workshops designed to help graduate and postdoctoral students improve upon their teaching skills. 


“The College Classroom” CIRTL Online Course 
Mondays, January 18-April 15, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Get an introduction to key learning principles and the basics of effective teaching practices in this course about teaching in the STEM college classroom. Students will explore how people learn, discuss how to monitor and investigate the effectiveness of the learning environment, learn what it means to create an inclusive classroom environment that engages all learners, and utilize backward design to develop a microteaching project. An emphasis on a learning-centered classroom will provide students with a perspective that highlights the interconnected cycle of teaching, assessment, and learning such that they gain the knowledge and skills to be effective teachers in the college classroom.

Click here to register by Monday, January 21Creation of a free CIRTL Network account is required to register for event. (Note: registration is limited.) 

“Getting Ready to Teach in the American Classroom: Building Rapport and Effective Communication Skills” CIRTL Online Workshop 
Wednesday, February 6, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

This workshop will be a facilitated case study discussion–Compensation Strategies to Improve Communication–and will focus on strategies to build rapport with students early in the semester and throughout teaching a course. Sources of miscommunication between students and instructors will be investigated in order to provide participants with tangible strategies to increase effective communication (verbal and non-verbal) with others in and out of the classroom.

Click here to register by Friday, February 1Creation of a free CIRTL Network account is required to register for event to participate (Note: registration is limited.)

 “Writing a Diversity Statement” CIRTL Online Workshop 
Tuesdays, February 12 and 19, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Employers are increasingly asking candidates to supply a diversity statement as part of their application. This session covers the essential elements of composing this important document. Starting with individual reflection on topics of inclusion, diversity, and equity, participants will draw upon personal and professional experiences to begin writing their story. We will discuss how inclusive teaching practices can be incorporated into the diversity statement. Participants will learn strategies for highlighting initiatives they have lead or participated in that focus on underrepresented students, working towards equity, and/or enhancing diversity. Examples may include professional development, creation of an inclusive learning community, student retention or outreach work, organizations and non-profits, and activities related to mentoring, research, committees, and teaching. For advanced students and postdocs, time will be spent showing examples of diversity statements and discussing how to incorporate the diversity statement into interview answers. It is never too early to begin working on a diversity statement, so special insight will be provided to new graduate students, regarding goal setting and identifying ways to engage with diversity efforts at their home institution.

Click here to register by Thursday, February 7Creation of a free CIRTL Network account is required to register for event to participate. (Note: registration is limited.) 
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