CIRTL Core Ideas
Mission : Enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a learning community committed to researching, implementing, and advancing evidence-based teaching practices for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learners as part of varied professional career development. This aim is carried out through 3 primary mechanisms:
Teaching-as-Research is the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods by
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instructors to
develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning
experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers.
Learning-through-diversity capitalizes on the rich array of
experiences, backgrounds, and skills among STEM undergraduates and
graduates-through-faculty to enhance the learning of all. It recognizes that excellence and diversity are necessarily intertwined.
Learning Communities bring together groups of people from
different disciplines for shared learning, discovery, and the
generation of knowledge of effective teaching practices.
To achieve common learning goals, a learning community nurtures functional relationship among its members.
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