Seminars and Workshops

Fall 2017 - CIRTL Network Workshops

5 Things To Do on the First and Last Day of Class
Learn essential tips for making the most of your first and last days of class.

Creating and Owning Your Individual Development Plan
Craft a robust IDP draft and action plan by learning the components of successful, sustainable plans.

Diversity Statement Workshop
Learn how to draft a meaningful statement that is a common part of job applications.

Finding and Evaluating Educational Literature
Learn how to find and critically evaluate literature for educational research.

Integrating Civic Learning into the STEM Classroom
Civic learning intentionally prepares students for informed and engaged participation in their communities. Learn how to develop civic learning assignments and learning goals in this workshop.

Introduction to STEM Project Based Learning
In project-based learning, students investigate relevant, complex scientific situations to learn new concepts. Learn how to design project-based learning activities in this workshop.

Leveraging Open Source Principles and Resources for Teaching and Learning in STEM
Learn the advantages and disadvantages of open source educational materials and sample two platforms with hands-on activities.

Qualitative Research Primer: Using Narrative Data In Your Teaching-as-Research Project
Get an introduction to analyzing narrative data (intended especially for students pursuing a TAR project).

Teaching Inclusively
Practice navigating difficult classroom discussions around issues of inclusion and diversity.

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
Draft a peer-reviewed statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences.


Summer 2017 - CIRTL Network Workshops 

Developing a CV or Resume (2 part workshop)

When:  Thursdays, June 22 & June 29;  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location:  Blackboard Collaborate

Facilitators:  Samir Iqbal, Peggy Semmingson, and Jim Grover - University of Texas at Arlington

Description:  As grad students and postdocs prepare to launch their careers, they'll need to prepare different types of CVs and resumes for different types of positions and institutions. In this two-part online workshop, participants will learn how CVs and resumes vary for academic positions, non-academic positions, and grant applications. After learning about strong CV content, style, and organization, participants will develop long form academic CVs and short form resumes, and then refine them through a collaborative peer review process.

Registration:  Click here to be redirected to the registration website. 

**Registration for this workshop will be open from 11AM Central Time on May 29 through June 14. This workshop has a cap of 60 students.**


Level Up: Designing a Game-Based Learning Environment

When:  Tuesday, June 27;  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location:  Blackboard Collaborate

Facilitator:  Shweta Kailani - Texas A&M University

Description:  Increasingly, educational research is examining how games can influence learning through the development of skills like problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. In this online workshop, we will look at the various elements of game design that can help engage and motivate students such as collaboration, autonomy, purpose, competition, feedback, and scaffolding. As a group, we will explore activities that are based around familiar game formats, design frameworks around existing games repurposed to address specific learning objectives, and examine how to embed game structures within a course's design. The workshop's facilitators will also demonstrate Twine ( to create simple Choose Your Own Adventure games and showcase a game that is being used at their university, Texas A&M.

Registration:  Click here to be redirected to the registration website.  

**Registration for this workshop will be open from 11AM Central Time on June 5 through June 19. This workshop has a cap of 100 students.**