Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning

What is CIRTL@IUB?

CIRTL@IUB supports undergraduate education through the professional development of future faculty. The campus program is jointly led by the IUB Graduate Office and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. CIRTL@IUB:

The CIRTL@IUB learning community was launched in Fall 2016 and includes Indiana University Bloomington graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in STEM and other disciplines participating in both local and cross-network CIRTL activities. They engage in the discussion and development of reflective and evidence-based teaching approaches using strategies that leverage student and instructor diversity and shared learning experiences. Participants can gain competitive advantage in academic job searches by showcasing their CIRTL accomplishments to prospective employers.


CIRTL@IUB Administrative Leader Dr. Katie Kearns provides an overview of the program, its benefits to participants, and how to participate.

Description of the video:

Hello, I'm Katie Kearns and I work in the University Graduate School as Assistant Vice Provost for Student Development and as the Director for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. I'm also the Administrative Leader for the CIRTL@IUB Program. This program gives graduate students and postdocs access to the CIRTL Network's synchronous online professional development workshops. These are teaching development workshops that focus on areas including evidence-based teaching, learning through diversity and learning in community. So how does CIRTL@IUB work? Well, first, there is the CIRTL Network, which is a consortium of over 40 research universities in North America. And they provide synchronous online workshops on assessing student learning and making teaching public. There's also access to cross continent communities for graduate students and postdocs. This is a screenshot of the website for the CIRTL Network. You'll see that there are listings of events and workshops and courses that they have, as well as some resources up at the top. An important button for you is going to be up in the top right corner, the Sign Up button. You'll need to make an account with the CIRTL Network which is totally free. And associate yourself with Indiana University so that you can have access to the CIRTL Network offerings. You may also choose to join our CIRTL@IUB Program, which helps you keep track of your participation in CIRTL Network programs and gives you recognition that you might use for job purposes. So you participate in specified CIRTL@IUB activities at each level. You also complete the associated GTAP levels. GTAP is the Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship Program, which is run by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. When you complete each level, you received micro credentials associated with that level. Here's a screenshot of our Canvas course, CIRTL@IUB that we use to help you track your participation in CIRTL events, upload documents that provide evidence of your participation, and for us to actually assign those badges to you. You can find the self enroll link for this course on our website, which I'll share with you again in a few minutes. We have three badges at the CIRTL@IUB program. Again match up with the GTAP Program, Associate, Practitioner, and Scholar. For each CIRTL@IUB level, you need to also complete the associated GTAP level. At the associate level, you explore CIRTL offerings and look at the connection between the CIRTL core values of evidence-based teaching, learning through diversity, and learning and community in relation to your own teaching and learning practice. At the practitioner level, you develop and apply teaching and learning methods that align with measurable outcomes. And at the scholarly level, you demonstrate ability to assess teaching and learning and share that with your local communities. The types of activities that you complete in the CIRTL@IUB program include attending online workshops through the CIRTL Network, participating in learning communities which include both the cross continent ones through the Network as well as our local ones on the Bloomington campus. You create teaching documents that you can use for academic job purposes. You will propose a teaching and learning study and conduct that study with a faculty mentor, and present your results to a teaching community. So we've given you an overview of the CIRTL@IUB, program and the component parts of it, how it connects with the graduate school and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. There'll be a follow-up video to help give you more details about how to document your activities and participation in the CIRTL Network and how the badging process works. You can find out more on our website, which again does include a link to the self enroll Canvas course and to the CIRTL network offerings. And you can reach out to us if you have further questions. And we look forward to joining you in the CIRTL Network.

What is CIRTL?

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is a network founded in 2003 of 43 universities in the USA and Canada. Indiana University Bloomington and IUPUI became members of CIRTL in 2016. CIRTL's mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers. CIRTL Network programming for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars is facilitated by member institutions and includes courses, workshops, events, and communities. The foundations for all CIRTL programming are the three core ideas of Teaching-as-Research (TAR), Learning Communities (LCs), and Learning-through-Diversity (LD).