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Levels and How to Participate

UCI-GPS-CIRTL provides support for achieving CIRTL certifications, including Community member, Associate level, Practitioner level and Scholar level. Achieving a CIRTL level indicates to your academic community that you have deliberately pursued competencies in evidence-based teaching, including learning through diversity. You have participated in a regular learning community, and can discuss or complete a research project to measure learning. The CIRTL core ideas are these:

 

Core Ideas

Learning Objectives

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Evidence-Based Teaching

Be able to describe and apply effective student learning goals, effective instructional practices, and effective assessments.

LC

Learning Communities

Be able to describe and apply diverse and effective learning communities in the classroom and in your own professional development

LD

Learning through Diversity

Be able to describe the range of diversity in education, how instructor belief and bias can influence learning. Be able to apply the strengths of diversity to improve learning.

TAR

Teaching as Research

Be able to describe the benefits of teaching scientifically. Be able to design and carry out an effective Teaching As Research (TAR) project

Earn a CIRTL Associate level:

Earning an Associate level requires that you fulfill the following requirements:

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12 hours of Evidence-Based Teaching training

LC

Participation in one quarter of a learning community that meets weekly

LD

3 hours of training in Learning through Diversity

TAR

3 hours of training in Teaching as Research

These requirements can be completed by taking either a selection of independent workshops, or by completing a single organized course or program.

Below are several examples available to UCI graduate students and postdocs.

Center for Engaged Instruction

Workshops and programs offered by UCI CEI generally apply toward the evidence-based teaching, learning through diversity, or teaching as research requirements.

Some sample workshops include:

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12/12

LC

LD

3/3

TAR

3/3

The Pedagogical Fellows program (one year program, very high commitment)

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12/12

LC

LD

3/3

TAR

3/3

The Universities Studies 390X face-to-face “Certificate” course (one quarter of weekly meetings with homework, high commitment)

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12/12

LC

LD

3/3

TAR

3/3

Online Teaching Certificate program (self-paced opportunities for personal study or workshop attendance, moderate commitment). Learn more.

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6/12

LC

LD

1/3

TAR

The Course Design Certificate program: 6 hours over three weeks.

This workshop provides 6 hours toward the Evidence-based Teaching requirement and 1 hour toward the Learning through Diversity requirement.

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1/10

LC

LD

TAR

Any CEI Workshop: 90 minutes

Examples include active learning using technology, creating good writing rubrics, improving student pre-class reading.

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1/12

LC

LD

1/3

TAR

Universal Design for Learning: 60 minute colloquium
This workshop includes training in evidence-based teaching and learning through diversity

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5/12

LC

LD

 

TAR

3/3

Scientific Teaching Seminar: Meets weekly 1 hour for one quarter
This weekly meeting discusses how to assess evidence-based instruction as a faculty member.

Graduate Division

The UCI Graduate Division offers several programs and workshops that also fulfil requirements toward an Associate Level.

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LC

LD

2/3

TAR

Mentoring Excellence -- Meets weekly 2 hours for six weeks

The Mentoring Excellence Program (MEP) consists of six modules focusing on skills and resources related to mentorship.

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10/12

 

LC

✔ 

LD

2

TAR

 

Foundations of Teaching -- Meets weekly 2 hours for six weeks

Foundations of Teaching (F of T) is a Learning Community meets for two hours per week over six weeks and focuses on Evidence-based teaching and Learning through diversity.

 

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10/12

LC

LD

 

TAR

California Community College Internship Program -- minimum requirement of 40 hours over 2-3 quarters

A traditional graduate degree from a research institution generally does not provide the student adequate preparation for a career choice of teaching in a community college. The CCCIP addresses this need and gives students an opportunity to experience firsthand what teaching in a community college environment is all about. Information about the CCCIP will be shared during this session.

 

 

T

 

LC

LD

 

TAR

Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) (times vary)

In the 2014-15 academic year, the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) was institutionalized and is now housed under the ADVANCE program. DECADE continues its mission to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities receiving doctoral degrees at UCI. Students may participate in the journal club, speaker series, and other DECADE activities.

 

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LC

LD

 

TAR

DECADE-PLUS (year-long mentoring commitment)

The Graduate Division in partnership with the Division of Undergraduate Education’s (DUE) Student Support Services (SSS) has implemented the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience: Partnering in Leadership for Undergraduate Students (DECADE PLUS) Program.  The goals of the DECADE PLUS program are to 1.) increase retention of incoming Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars through mentoring with a focus on academics from graduate leadership coaches and undergraduate peer mentors, and 2.) provide a robust professional development experience that actively enhances the mentoring skill set of our graduate population.

 

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LC

LD

 

TAR

Activate to Captivate -- Meets two hours weekly for eight weeks.

This communication certificate program will teach postdocs and grad students strategies to craft dynamic and compelling presentations.  It may be of interest to CIRTL participants who seek to improve their public speaking skills.

 

 

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LC

LD

 

TAR

Preparing for a Faculty Career -- Meets 2 hours weekly for eight weeks.

This certificate series certificate series is designed to give advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars insight into the academic job search process, the nature of faculty positions at different sorts of institutions, and the ways that they can prepare to successfully navigate the transition into a faculty career.  It may be of interest to CIRTL participants.

 

 

CIRTL Network

The CIRTL Network offers a number of fully online options for training that you can access on your own through the CIRTL Network website (registration is required).

Some sample workshops and courses include:

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3/10

LC

 

LD

1/3

TAR

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement: Two 90-minute workshops

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5/10

LC

LD

3/3

TAR

1/3

CIRTL Reads journal club: a monthly online journal club on teaching well in STEM. Requirements met only with full participation--five meetings

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1/10

LC

LD

1/3

TAR

Universal Design for Learning: 60 minutes
This workshop includes training in evidence-based teaching and learning through diversity

T

10/10

LC

(✔)

LD

3/3

TAR

3/3

The CIRTL MOOC (8 weeks of online videos and projects, moderate commitment). If completed along with a UCI learning community, it can fully satisfy an Associate level.

Note: Anyone can participate in workshops through CEI, Grad Division or CIRTL. It is your responsibility to gather evidence of full participation in this workshop and to upload it to the UCI CIRTL registry. Learn more about how to start your own file in the registry here (will link to Free Canvas site that still needs to be developed). Activities other than those described here can be applied to your portfolio by petitioning UCI GPS-Teach.

Earn a CIRTL Practitioner level:

After earning an Associate level, graduate students and postdocs can choose to continue to expand their competencies in evidence based teaching. The main project for earning a Practitioner level is completing a Teaching as Research project. This can be done by:

The TAR Fellows program (Design and completion of a TAR project in conjunction with a TAR learning community). This program will begin piloting Winter 2017.

A similar departmental TAR research project with demonstrated competencies similar to the Fellows program.

Earn a CIRTL Scholars level:

CIRTL Scholars present their completed Teaching as Research project in a public venue appropriate for their discipline:

CIRTL Network TAR webinar

A regional or national meeting in your discipline or at UCI GPS Teach meetings.