CIRTL: New MOOC on Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

Kate Stuart
October 3, 2014

New MOOC on Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching is a free online course that begins Monday, October 6th. The course is a production of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 22 research universities, including Vanderbilt, collaborating in the preparation of STEM graduate students and post-docs as future faculty members. Vanderbilt Center for Teaching staff and graduate students are taking lead roles in the course, and Vanderbilt faculty are featured prominently in several modules.

The course will provide graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) who are planning college and university faculty careers with an introduction to evidence-based teaching practices. Participants will learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, and they will apply what they learn to the design of lessons and assignments they can use in future teaching opportunities. Those who complete the course will be more informed and confident teachers, equipped for greater success in the undergraduate classroom.

The seven-week course will be highly interactive, with many opportunities for peer-to-peer learning. Learning communities are at the heart of CIRTL’s activities, and this open, online course is intended to foster a large, healthy learning community of those interested in undergraduate STEM teaching--including current STEM faculty.

The course will draw on the expertise of experienced STEM faculty, educational researchers, and staff from university teaching centers, many of them affiliated with CIRTL. Course design has been led by Vanderbilt, Michigan State University, Boston University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Colorado-Boulder. Production support for the course has been provided by the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning, and the course is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1347605.

You can register for this free open online course here.