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CIRTLCast Series: Personal Financial Management

TODAY! April 21, 2015 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT

Financially Inclusive Teaching and Advising
Many undergraduate institutions include students from a range of economic backgrounds and circumstances. Costs associated with individual courses and academic experiences can be challenging for some students to meet. Providing access to higher education doesn’t stop with providing financial aid and loans to cover tuition, it includes designing academic experiences with sensitivity to student financial abilities. This session will focus on principles to guide you and actions you can take as a teacher and advisor to consider and address financial hurdles your students may face in courses and other academic experiences. 

Presenters: 
A.T. Miller, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity, Cornell University

William "Woodg" Horning, Associate Director, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives and Director, Student Opportunity Programs, Cornell University
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UPCOMING CIRTL COURSES: Summer 2015

CIRTL courses are an opportunity to engage in an interactive and synchronous or hybrid online learning experience with other students and instructors from across the CIRTL Network.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a STEM or SBE (social, behavioral, economic) field and from a CIRTL Network institution are given priority registration.

Summer 2015 Courses:

Basics of Online Learning and Teachinghttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9351

Online Assignments in STEM Courses: A Practical Guidehttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9352

Johns Hopkins Summer Teaching Institutehttp://www.cirtl.net/sum2015/JHU

University of Colorado at Boulder Summer Teaching Institutehttp://www.cirtl.net/sum2015/CUB

Registration opens April 20
www.cirtl.net/upcoming courseshttp://www.cirtl.net/upcomingcourses

Please e-mail registration@cirtl.net<mailto:registration@cirtl.net> with any questions or concerns about the CIRTL courses.

Basics of Online Learning and Teachinghttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9051
June 7 - August 2, 2015
Jeff Engler, University of Alabama
Judy Milton, University of Georgia

Course Summary
The CIRTL Basics of Online Learning & Teaching course is designed to help you (graduate students and postdocs new to teaching online) learn how to design and run an effective online course. After an initial synchronous session, there will be 6 weekly, asynchronous modules about effective online pedagogy, each involving approximately 6 hours of readings and assignments. This will be followed by several weeks of project work time, which will lead to the development of materials for an online course you plan to teach in the future. A subsequent synchronous component will explore teaching with Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing software, and will provide an opportunity for further peer review of your course materials.

Online Assignments in STEM Courses: A Practical Guidehttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9352
Tuesday 5/19, 5/26, 6/9, and 6/23, 12-1:15 ET/ 11-12:15 CT/ 10-11:15 MT/ 9-10:15 PT
Vicki Roth, University of Rochester
Patrick Padadopulos, University of Rochester

Course Summary
Many of us don't have especially fond memories of completing our problem sets as students. Now, as instructors or TAs, we are often strapped for time in setting up or grading them well. A response to these concerns has been the emergence of online homework or assignment systems for a range of STEM disciplines. These systems have distinct advantages: well-stocked problem libraries, the generation of individualized assignments, immediate feedback to students, and the freeing up of instructor and TA time. This four-lesson short course is intended to provide a highly practical guide to the best uses of these systems.

Johns Hopkins Summer Teaching Institutehttp://www.cirtl.net/sum2015/JHU
Wednesday, May 27 - Friday, May 29
Richard Shingles, Johns Hopkins University
Additional faculty TBA

This three-day intensive in-person workshop, led by experienced Johns Hopkins University faculty, has been designed to address common themes and challenges in teaching and education at the post-secondary level. Through faculty presentations and group work, you will learn about innovations and research in undergraduate education. Faculty will share teaching methods that help define learning objectives and engage students in active problem-solving and discussion. The teaching artifacts you develop will become part of your teaching statement and teaching portfolio. See the institute themes and outcomes at http://go.wisc.edu/m51l49http://www.cer.jhu.edu/graduatestudents/2015%20JHU%20STI%202-Pg%20FINAL.pdf

University of Colorado at Boulder Summer Teaching Institutehttp://www.cirtl.net/sum2015/CUB
Monday, July 27 - Friday, July 31, 12 - 4:30 MT
Jean Hertzberg, University of Colorado at Boulder
Rique Campa, Michigan State University

This summer, the Teaching Institute for Graduate Education Research (TIGER) will hold the third annual in-person Summer Teaching as Research Institute for Post-docs in Engineering (STRIPE) workshop. STRIPE is a one-week summer institute for postdoctoral fellows in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields in which they will apply engineering principles of design, build, test and iterate to specific course curriculum development and utilize access to relevant literature and techniques. The 4-hour per day, 5-day workshop will include educational research techniques, CIRTL topics, and seminal engineering education research findings. Open to post-docs and brand new faculty at any institution with or without prior significant teaching experience. Participants will complete a genuine teaching and learning experience to discus in their faculty job interviews. All STEM fields are welcome.
Course Description The CIRTL Basics of Online Learning & Teaching course is designed to teach graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff from CIRTL Network Institutions how to create and teach an online course for the Network.
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CIRTL's April Online Offerings

All sessions are one hour unless otherwise noted and can be accessed from www.cirtl.net/eventshttp://cirtl.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dc258e89833f8d798f2f8d066&id=c82014ac93&e=5ec2cb1f1b. __
CIRTLCast Series: Personal Financial Managementhttp://www.cirtl.net/node/8752 April 7, 2015 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT

Investment Basics: Saving for Your Life Goals
As you start to accumulate money to fund your future goals, do you know how and where to best put that money to work? Just placing your money in a savings account will not cut it as taxes and inflation will quickly erode your buying power. The world of investing can be extremely intimidating, and the messages we hear from the media, our family and friends can be confusing. This session will focus on basic investment fundamentals. By the end of the session, you will be able to describe the building blocks of an investment portfolio in relation to your tolerance for risk and your investment time horizon.

Presenter: Paul Strebel, Co-Founder, Strebel Planning Group, and Lecturer, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University

CIRTL Reads Journal Clubhttp://cirtl.net/events

April 8, 2015 - 3 ET/2 CT/1 MT/12 PT

Join us for the final session of CIRTL Reads Journal Club this year! CIRTL Reads is an online synchronous scholarly discussion of articles about STEM higher education. April's selection is "A Teaching Strategy with a Focus on Argumentation to Improve Undergraduate Students’ Ability to Read Research Articles" (Van Lacum, E.B., M. Ossevooort, M. Goedhart, 2014). All are welcome!

Visit www.cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014http://www.cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014 for article details.

CIRTLCast Series: Personal Financial Managementhttp://www.cirtl.net/node/8752

April 21, 2015 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT

Financially Inclusive Teaching and Advising
Many undergraduate institutions include students from a range of economic backgrounds and circumstances. Costs associated with individual courses and academic experiences can be challenging for some students to meet. Providing access to higher education doesn’t stop with providing financial aid and loans to cover tuition, it includes designing academic experiences with sensitivity to student financial abilities. This session will focus on principles to guide you and actions you can take as a teacher and adviser to consider and address financial hurdles your students may face in courses and other academic experiences.

Presenters: A.T. Miller, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity, Cornell University

William "Woodg" Horning, Associate Director, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives and Director, Student Opportunity Programs

CIRTLCast Series: Personal Financial Managementhttp://www.cirtl.net/node/8752

April 28, 2015 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT

The Wise Use of Credit and Student Loans
Maintaining good credit is more than just paying off your balance. This session will help you to understand the different credit resources available, learn how to obtain, interpret, and improve your credit score, and successfully navigate student loan repayment.

Presenters: Gretchen Ryan, Associate Director of Customer Service, Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment, Cornell University

Brendan Wilbur, Individual Development Account (IDA) Coordinator and Financial Counselor at Alternatives Federal Credit Union __

CIRTL Teaching-as-Research Capstone Serieshttp://www.cirtl.net/tar2014

April 30, 2015 - 2-3:30 ET/1-2:30 CT/12-1:30 MT/11-12:30 PT

All-Network TAR Presentation Session
Join us for the final Teaching-as-Research Capstone Series session of the semester, featuring students across the Network who will soon complete teaching-as-research (TAR) projects. Students should sign up herehttp://www.cirtl.net/TARpresentation2015 by April 16, 2015 to participate as a presenter.

For further information and to log in to the sessions, please visit http://www.cirtl.net/events __
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CIRTL's March Online Offerings

All sessions are one hour unless otherwise noted and can be accessed from www.cirtl.net/events.
CIRTLCast Series: Thriving In Your First Year as Faculty

TODAY! March 3 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT
please note the time change

Achieving a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Teaching, research, administrative duties, and community service: academic duties are substantial. Add family, hobbies, and personal wellness to the mix, and a healthy work/life balance as a faculty member can be a challenge. Join this session to hear from a diverse panel of professors who will share the personal strategies and tricks that have helped them stay healthy and well-balanced. Bring your personal experiences for an engaging conversation with people sympathetic to the struggle! 
 
Presenters: 
Wendi Heinzelman, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Rochester
 
Mary Besterfield-Sacre, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of the Engineering Education Research Center, University of Pittsburgh
 
Rique Campa, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Michigan State University
CIRTLCast Series: Thriving In Your First Year as Faculty

March 10, 2015 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT
 
Mentoring Through the Tough Stuff: Effective Mentoring of Graduate Students
Dissertations may seem daunting, but life’s really tough stuff is often outside of academia. How can you be the best mentor possible to your graduate students when they’re experiencing illness, the death of a loved one, or even just a crisis of confidence? Our panel of seasoned mentors will provide real life examples of issues they’ve helped their mentees through, with advice on how you can be prepared for issues you’ll encounter in your mentoring career. 
 
Presenters:
Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
 
Rique Campa, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Michigan State University
Creating Effective Scientific Posters: Part One

March 11, 2015 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT

Adam Steinberg, artist and biochemist of Art for Science, will lead this session on effective scientific posters. He'll explain techniques to capture your audience and enhance their understanding of the data, how to navigate Adobe Illustrator and Powerpoint, and how to cater to viewers as they read posters. This session is designed for TAR students displaying abstracts at the CIRTL Forum, but all are welcome! 

Part Two: Instructor and Peer Feedback
Students will upload their draft posters online for instructor and peer feedback.

See session flyer at www.cirtl.net/scientificposters.

CIRTL Reads Journal Club

March 11, 2015 - 3 ET/2 CT/1 MT/12 PT
 
Join us for this month's session of CIRTL Reads Journal Club for scholarly discussion of articles about STEM higher education. March's selection is "Integrating Critical Thinking About Values Into an Introductory Geoscience Course" (Yacobucci, M., 2013). All are welcome! 
 
Visit www.cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014 for article details
 
Presenter:
Adam Blanford, University of Colorado at Boulder 
CIRTLCast Series: Thriving In Your First Year as Faculty
 
March 17, 2015 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT
 
Faculty Careers at Community Colleges
Community colleges serve nearly half the undergraduate student population in the US and make postsecondary education possible for a large population of students. With President Obama’s recent proposal to make the first two years of community college free, there’s been a lot of news around CCs recently. But what it’s like to work as faculty at a community college? How do the teaching and research opportunities compare to a research university or liberal arts college? Join our panel of community college professors for an informative and engaging session on faculty careers at community colleges. 
 
Presenters: 
Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, Professor of Biology, Everett Community College
 
Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Professor of Biological Sciences, Kingsborough Community College-CUNY
 
Holly Kerby, Instructor, Chemistry, Technical Science, Creative Writing/Drama, Madison Area Technical College
CIRTLCast Series: Thriving In Your First Year as Faculty

March 24, 2015 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT
 
Women in STEM: Navigating Academic Careers
Traditionally underrepresented in many STEM fields, female academics often face certain issues their male colleagues may not, such as gender discrimination and bias, or the stress of balancing their career with children. As a woman in STEM, what’s the best way to navigate these professional and personal challenges?  Are there any benefits to being a minority in your field? Come hear  an experienced and accomplished panel of women in STEM as they reflect on their academic career and being a woman in STEM.
 
Presenters: 
Ali Lochner, Professor of Natural Resources Management, Grand Valley State University 
 
Cheryl Bodnar, Professor of Chem/Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
 
Alice Pawley, Professor of Engineering Education and Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies, Purdue University
 
Beth Olivares, Dean for Diversity, University of Rochester
Creating Effective Scientific Posters: Part Two

March 30, 2015 - 12 ET/11 CT/10 MT/9 PT

Adam Steinberg, artist and biochemist of Art for Science, will lead this session on effective scientific posters. This will be a follow up to parts one and two. We'll discuss the student submitted poster designs and provide feedback.

See session flyer at www.cirtl.net/scientificposters.

CIRTLCast Series: Personal Financial Management

March 31, 2015 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT
 
Strategies for Success in Personal Finance
This session is offered by financial planning graduate students - for graduate students. We will focus on the essential building blocks of personal financial success. This interactive session will help current graduate students and postdocs develop critical thinking skills for financial decision-making both now and when you start your career. Learn about tools and strategies for budgeting, becoming informed consumers, and interacting with financial service professionals. The session will be tailored to participant needs; you will be asked to complete a short survey beforehand. 
 
Presenters: 
Abby Belvin, Graduate Associate in Family Financial Planning, Iowa State University
For further information and to log in to the sessions, please visit http://www.cirtl.net/events
All sessions currently take place in Blackboard Collaborate. To learn more about BBC, view technical requirements, watch tutorial videos, and attend an orientation session, please visit:http://www.cirtl.net/blackboard  
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CIRTL's January Online Offerings
All sessions are one hour unless otherwise noted and can be accessed from www.cirtl.net/eventshttp://cirtl.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dc258e89833f8d798f2f8d066&id=c82014ac93&e=5ec2cb1f1b. __
CIRTLCast Series: Educational Innovation and the Active Classroomhttp://cirtl.net/events

TOMORROW! Jan 6, 2015 - 12 ET/11 CT/10 MT/9 PT

Hand-Held Devices in Class: Distractors or Aids?http://www.cirtl.net/events Technological distractions in class - what's a teacher to do? Come learn practical ways to manage effective use of handheld devices in your class! In this CIRTLCast, we'll consider new approaches for engaging students during face-to-face meetings. Dr. Yaros will explain his evolving model for a more manageable educational environment for collaboration to to minimize the distractions associated with a state of “continuous partial attention that occurs when students are distracted by their devices. We'll generate some new techniques to try in your class, regardless of class size.

Presenter: Ronald Yaros, Professor of Journalism, University of Maryland __

CIRTLCast Series: Educational Innovation and the Active Classroomhttp://cirtl.net/events

January 13, 2015 - 12 ET/11 CT/10 MT/9 PT

Hybrid/Flipped Teaching With In-Class Design and Build Activitieshttp://cirtl.net/events In this session, Dr. Peshkin will describe his successful implementation of active learning in his course teaching electronics using a portable "lab-in-a-backpack" and real prototyping. During most of class the students work hands-on, designing, building and debugging their circuits while he circulates and advises. Join the session for ideas on how to implement build activities in your course!

Presenter: Michael Peshkin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University __
CIRTLCast Series: Educational Innovation and the Active Classroomhttp://cirtl.net/events

January 20, 2015 - 12 ET/11 CT/10 MT/9 PT

Developing Active Learning Strategies for Your STEM Coursehttp://cirtl.net/events Teaching a large class this semester? Come learn ways to implement active learning in the lecture hall! The process of engaging students from the first class meeting will be outlined, with particular emphasis on strategies to help students to get to know one another and techniques through which the faculty can learn names in the anonymous “sea” of students. Instructors will learn how to implement, organize, and conduct group work within the lecture hall. A few specific examples of active learning exercises will be demonstrated, and instructors will learn ways to informally assess learning in the lecture hall.

Presenter: Richard Shingles, Lecturer in Biology, Johns Hopkins University __

CIRTLCast Series: Educational Innovation and the Active Classroomhttp://cirtl.net/events

January 27, 2015 - 12 ET/11 CT/10 MT/9 PT

Scientific Writing in STEM Classes as a Cognitive Apprenticeshiphttp://cirtl.net/events Scientists learn how to write scientifically, but how do you teach students to do this? In contrast to lab techniques, there isn't much to watch while a scientist writes. This needs to be a cognitive apprenticeship instead of a physical one. This session will discuss one way to help undergraduates learn to write scientifically by making the thought processes about writing more visible.

Presenters: Robert Linsenmeier, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology, Northwestern University

Penny Hirsch, Professor of Instruction, Writing Program, Northwestern University

For further information and to log in to the sessions, please visit http://www.cirtl.net/events

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CIRTL Reads Journal Club:
Women Engineering Students and Self-Efficacy: A Multi-Year, Multi-Institution Study of Women Engineering Student Self-Efficacy

Join us this month at CIRTL Reads Journal Club for scholarly discussion of articles about STEM higher education. December's selection is "Women Engineering Students and Self-Efficacy: A Multi-Year, Multi-Institution Study of Women Engineering Student Self-Efficacy" (Marra, R.M., K.A. Rodgers, D. Shen, B. Bogue, 2009). Drop-in format, all are welcome. 


To Find out More Visit: http://www.cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014

For all CIRTL Events Visit: http://www.cirtl.net/index.php?q=events
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This week at CIRTL:

Want to learn more about the fundamentals of investing? Join us for this week's CIRTLCast!http://cirtl.net/events

Read and discuss! April brings the final session of the CIRTL Reads Journal Club for the 2014-2015 academic year. Join the discussion!http://www.cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014

CIRTLCast Series: Personal Financial Managementhttp://cirtl.net/events

TODAY! April 7, 2015 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT

Investment Basics: Saving for Your Life Goals
As you start to accumulate money to fund your future goals, do you know how and where to best put that money to work? Just placing your money in a savings account will not cut it as taxes and inflation will quickly erode your buying power. The world of investing can be extremely intimidating, and the messages we hear from the media, our family and friends can be confusing. This session will focus on basic investment fundamentals. By the end of the session, you will be able to describe the building blocks of an investment portfolio in relation to your tolerance for risk and your investment time horizon.

Presenter: Paul Strebel, Co-founder, Strebel Planning Group and Lecturer, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University

CIRTL Reads Journal Clubhttp://cirtl.net/events

Wednesday, April 8: 3 ET/2 CT/1 MT/12 PT

A Teaching Strategy with a Focus on Argumentation to Improve Undergraduate Students' Ability to Read Research Articleshttp://cirtl.net/events
Join us for this month's session of CIRTL Reads Journal Club for scholarly discussion of articles about STEM higher education. April's selection is "A Teaching Strategy with a Focus on Argumentation to Improve Undergraduate Students' Ability to Read Research Articles" (Van Lacuum, E.B., M. Ossevoort, M. Goedhart, 2014). All are welcome!

Visit www.cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014http://www.cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014 for article details.
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This week at CIRTL:

Read and discuss! CIRTL Reads Journal Club meets this week.​
 
​Are you presenting a poster at the upcoming CIRTL Forum? Check out our session on Effective Scientific Poster Design for an overview on best practices for creating and presenting your poster! 
TODAY! March 10: 2ET/1CT/12MT/11PT -  Thriving In Your First Year as Faculty
*please note the CIRTLCast time change
Mentoring through the Tough Stuff: Effective Mentoring of Graduate Students

Dissertations may seem daunting, but life’s really tough stuff is often outside of academia. How can you be the best mentor possible to your graduate students when they’re experiencing illness, the death of a loved one, or even just a crisis of confidence? Our seasoned mentors will provide real life examples of issues they’ve helped their mentees through, with advice on how you can be prepared for issues you’ll encounter in your mentoring career.
 
Presenters:
Rique Campa, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Michigan State University

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

Wednesday, March 11: 2ET/1CT/12MT/11PT - Creating Effective Scientific Posters: Part One
 
Adam Steinberg, artist and biochemist of Art for Science, will lead this session on effective scientific posters. He'll explain techniques to capture your audience and enhance their understanding of the data, how to navigate Adobe Illustrator and Powerpoint, and how to cater to viewers as they read posters. This session is designed for TAR students displaying abstracts at the CIRTL Forum, but all are welcome! 
 
Part Two: Instructor and Peer Feedback
Students will upload their draft posters online for instructor and peer feedback.
 
See session flyer at www.cirtl.net/scientificposters and join the session at cirtl.net/events
Wednesday, March 11: 3ET/2CT/1MT/12PT - CIRTL Reads Journal Club

Integrating Critical Thinking About Values Into an Introductory Geoscience Course
Join us for this month's session of CIRTL Reads Journal Club for scholarly discussion of articles about STEM higher education. March's selection is "Integrating Critical Thinking About Values Into an Introductory Geoscience Course" (Yacobucci, M., 2013.).  All are welcome! 

Visit www.cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014 for article details. 

Facilitator:
Trevor DiMartino, University of Colorado at Boulder
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This week at CIRTL:

It's the final session in our popular Active Classroom CIRTlCast series! Join on Tuesday for an interactive question and answer session with the director of the University of Rochester's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning! See below for details. 
 
New month, new time! Our CIRTLCast series will move to 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT in March with a new topic, Thriving In Your First Year as Faculty.

TODAY! February 24: 12ET/11CT/10MT/9PT -  Educational Innovation and the Active Classroom
"Size Counts" and Other Fallacies of Successful Active Learning Strategies
 
This session will be driven by YOU - perhaps you have a follow-up question from an earlier session about teaching scientific writing or in-class assessment. What questions do you have about active learning? Concerns? Experiences? The presenter, Dr. Jenny Hadingham of the University of Rochester's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, would prefer to focus on the issues around active learning that come directly from the audience.  Email your question(s) to our presenter, Jenny Hadingham, at jennifer.hadingham@rochester.edu.
 
Presenter:
Jenny Hadingham, Assistant Director & Lecturer, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Rochester
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This week at CIRTL:

There's a new CIRTL LinkedIn group! Join for CIRTL networking and news: http://go.wisc.edu/0rg88x

New year, new CIRTLCast topic! Join us in January and February each Tuesday for practical examples of innovation in the classroom and how to facilitate active learning in your courses.
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CIRTL programming for November  24-28, 2014

This week at CIRTL:

There's a new CIRTL LinkedIn group! Join for CIRTL networking and news: http://go.wisc.edu/0rg88x It's the final session in our Academic Job Search CIRTLCast series, and we're trying something new this week! Join us for an interactive workshop on job application materials. Bring a copy of your CV for feedback! 
TODAY! November 25: 2ET/1CT/12MT/11PT -  The Academic Job Search
Pulling It All Together: Getting Started with Your Job Search
 
In developing your written credentials and preparing application materials for your job search, it is crucial to represent your professional experience, accomplishments, expertise, professional development experiences (e.g., CIRTL engagement) in the most impactful manner possible. For this session, participants are asked to bring their CV or a job application letter to this online workshop.  Materials will be swapped, peer reviewed and discussed in real time.  Learn how to write your way into an interview.
 
See cirtl.net/nov25CCast for more information. Join the session from cirtl.net/events.  
Presenters:
Don Gillian-Daniel, Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Delta Program
Elizabeth Vargis, Assistant Professor, Biological Engineering, Utah State University
Nick Roberts, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Utah State University
                 
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UPCOMING CIRTL COURSES: Spring 2015

CIRTL courses are an opportunity to engage in an interactive and synchronous or hybrid online learning experience with other students and instructors from across the CIRTL Network.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a STEM or SBE (social, behavioral, economic) field and from a CIRTL Network institution are given priority registration.

Spring 2015 Courses:

Basics of Online Learning and Teachinghttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9051

The College Classroomhttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9055
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Effective Teaching with Technologyhttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9054

Research Mentor Traininghttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9053

Teaching-as-Research: the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning IIhttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9052

Online Homework: a Practical Guide (Short Course)http://www.cirtl.net/node/9049

CIRTL Reads Journal Clubhttp://www.cirtl.net/courses/Fall2014/cirtlreads

See below for details!

Registration opens November 24 at: www.cirtl.net/courses/semesterofferingscurrenthttp://www.cirtl.net/courses/semesterofferingscurrent

Please e-mail registration@cirtl.net<mailto:registration@cirtl.net> with any questions or concerns about the CIRTL courses.

Basics of Online Learning and Teachinghttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9051 Wednesdays, 11-12:30 ET/10-11:30 CT/9-10:30 MT/8-9:30 PT
Don Gillian-Daniel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Colleen McLinn, Cornell University

Course Summary
The CIRTL Basics of Online Learning & Teaching course is designed to help you (graduate students and postdocs new to teaching online) learn how to design and run an effective online course. After an initial synchronous session, there will be 6 weekly, asynchronous modules about effective online pedagogy, each involving approximately 6 hours of readings and assignments. This will be followed by several weeks of project work time, which will lead to the development of materials for an online course you plan to teach in the future. A subsequent synchronous component will explore teaching with Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing software, and will provide an opportunity for further peer review of your course materials.

The College Classroomhttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9055
Thursdays, 1-2:30 ET/12-1:30 CT/11-12:30 MT/10-11:30 PT
Peter Newbury, University of California, San Diego

Course Summary
The College Classroom course seeks to prepare students to have future positive teaching experiences, both as a graduate student and later as a new faculty member. The course will aid in developing your expertise in evidence-based effective teaching practices that support student learning. By the end of the course, you will stand out on your job application as a well-prepared CIRTL Associate-level educator with skills including the ability to prepare a lesson plan, create assessments, implement active learning, describe the processes behind peer instruction pedagogy, and write learning outcomes.

Ehttp://cirtl.net/eventsffective Teaching with Technologyhttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9054 Mondays, 3-4:30 ET/2-3:30 CT/1- 2:30 MT/12-1:30 PT
Rob Linsenmeier, Northwestern University
Stephen Roth, University of Maryland

Course Summary
Instructors have many choices of technologies to enhance traditional methods of presentation, assessment, and communication in STEM courses, but there can be challenges in adopting new technologies. The primary objective of this course is to understand how each of several technologies supports some aspect of learning. For each technology, the focus will be on a critical, literature based assessment of pros and cons and applicability, rather than mechanics of implementation. The course will have elements of a graduate seminar, in which each student will investigate a technology of interest, report to the class on it, and, where possible, demonstrate it. The course will provide a foundation for instructors to make intelligent choices about new technologies to adopt as they continue to evolve. __
Research Mentor Traininghttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9053
Thursdays, 2-3 ET/1-2 CT/12-1 MT/11-12 PT
Bennett Goldberg, Boston University
Claudia Vergara, Michigan State University

Course Summary
Seminar participants will work with a community of peers to develop and improve their mentoring skills. By the end of this class, participants should be able to clearly articulate mentoring philosophy to those inside and outside of their discipline and have developed strategies for dealing with mentoring challenges. In this course, participants will explore both sides of the mentor/mentee relationship, developing transferable skills, competencies, and self-efficacy whether they are mentors for early graduate students or undergraduates in their labs or mentees working with their faculty advisers. __
Teaching-as-Research: the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning IIhttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9052 Every other Monday, 3:10-4:00 ET/2:10-3:00 CT/1:10-2:00 MT/12:10-1:00 PT Steven Freeman, Iowa State University

Course Summary
This course focuses on the completion of the classroom-based Teaching-as-Research project. Students will consult with course instructors as they collect and analyze data and complete their projects. Students will publicly share their results. This class is only open to those who successfully completed TAR: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning I during Fall 2014 that culminated with a proposal for the classroom-based research project, to be completed in this class and IRB approval from their home institution. __
Online Homework in STEM Courses: A Practical Guidehttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9049 Mondays, 12-1 ET/ 11-12 CT/ 10-11 MT/ 9-10 PT
Vicki Roth, University of Rochester
Wendi Heinzelman, University of Rochester.

Course Summary
Many of us don't have especially fond memories of completing our problem sets as students. Now, as instructors or TAs, we are often strapped for time in setting up or grading them well. A response to these concerns has been the emergence of online homework or assignment systems for a range of STEM disciplines. These systems have distinct advantages: well-stocked problem libraries, the generation of individualized assignments, immediate feedback to students, and the freeing up of instructor and TA time. This four-lesson short course is intended to provide a highly practical guide to the best uses of these systems. __
CIRTL Reads Journal Clubhttp://www.cirtl.net/courses/Fall2014/cirtlreads Second Wednesday of the month, 3-4 ET/ 2-3 CT/1-2 MT/12-1 PT Lorine Giangola, University of Colorado at Boulder

Course Summary: CIRTL Reads is a cross-Network scholarly discussion of recent peer-reviewed STEM education and pedagogy research. During the 2014-15 academic year, participants will read and critique a selection of TAR studies and other papers that examine a variety of pedagogy topics, including diversity and learning communities in STEM.

CIRTL Reads Journal Club is available as a drop-in format. Formal registration is not required to participate. Visit cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014http://cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014 for article information.

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