Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholars

CIRTL STEM Teaching Online and Flipped Classes

CIRTL (Center for Integrated Research Teaching and Learning) is offering two MOOCs through the platform (1/30-3/26, 2017). In addition to the free, online course content, OPA will also be offering Learning Communities (in-person discussion groups) for each of these classes, starting the week of 2/6. Both of these courses fulfil part of the Postdoc Teaching Certificate requirements (up to 12 hours counted in online-only format, up to 24 hours counted in online plus in-person flipped format – see below for more details about the Teaching Certificate).

The two courses are:

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

“An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching” is an open, online course designed to provide future STEM faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with an introduction to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. The goal of the eight-week course is to equip the next generation of STEM faculty to be effective teachers, thus improving the learning experience for the thousands of students they will teach

Advancing Learning Through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching

“Advancing Learning Through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching” will provide graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) who are planning college and university faculty careers with an introduction to “teaching as research”—the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers. Participants will learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, and they will learn how to collect, analyze, and act upon their own evidence of student learning.

For more info about these two classes, see

Online Component
All participants (online only AND flipped course participants) must register through for the class you would like to take and start working through the CIRTL content.

Flipped Learning Communities
We are offering a discussion group for each of these classes. These will meet for 90 minutes weekly, and each session will be led by 1-2 fellow postdocs. Facilitators will lead these meetings with a combination of materials provided by CIRTL and original content and activities.

Register HERE for the Introduction class Learning Community
Meets Mondays, 5-6:30pm, starting 2/6/17 (location TBD)

Register HERE for the Advancing Learning class Learning Community
Meets Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm, starting 2/7/17 (location TBD)

Teaching Certificate
For this course to count toward the Postdoc Teaching Certificate, participants must submit the activity recording/reflection form ( ) for each week’s session with the 3 learning goals or key takeaways and a reflection for each week.

*If you are taking this course in the online format only, you may count up to 90 minutes of in-class time.
*If you are taking this course in the flipped format (online and in-person learning community discussions), you may count up to 3 hours of in-class time.

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