Massive Open Online Courses

Dr. Cynthia Brame from Vanderbilt University presents a video in a CIRTL online course

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the CIRTL Network are designed to prepare aspiring faculty in STEM fields (natural and social sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to be more effective teachers. Additionally, a multi-institutional group has recently launched a series of career and professional development online courses for postdocs, and a series on inclusive STEM teaching. The courses listed below are offered through EdX. The audit track is available for free, with a letter of completion sent by instructors.

Local Learning Communities

If you’re a Cornellian and interested in organizing a weekly learning community meeting associated with any of the CIRTL MOOCs, please contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu.

Groups will have the opportunity to apply course ideas through discussion, and discussion leaders have access to instructor guides with discussion questions and modest technical support. We can help you craft weekly email and assignment reminders tied to weekly course content as well.

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Course 1: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching is a massive open online course designed to prepare aspiring faculty in STEM fields to be more effective teachers through an introduction to evidence-based STEM teaching practices. You will learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. You’ll then apply your learning to the design of lessons and assignments for use in your future teaching or job application packages. After completing this course, you will be a more informed and confident teacher, equipped for greater success in the classroom.

Next offered: June 21 – August 15, 2021

Enroll in STEM Teaching MOOC through EdX

MOOC Instructors

  • Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Rique Campa, Michigan State University; Bennett Goldberg, Northwestern University; Trina McMahon, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and other rotating CIRTL Network leaders

Schedule

  • Week 1 – Principles of Learning: Prior Knowledge and Knowledge Organization
  • Week 2 – Principles of Learning: Practice, Feedback, and Motivation
  • Week 3 – Learning Objectives
  • Week 4 – Assessment of Learning
  • Week 5 – Active Learning
  • Week 6 – Inclusive Teaching
  • Week 7 – Final Project
  • Week 8 – Peer Review and Conclusion

Learn more about the evidence-based undergraduate STEM teaching MOOC

This course draws on the expertise of STEM faculty, educational researchers, and staff from university teaching centers, many of them affiliated with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 40 research universities collaborating in the preparation of graduate students and postdocs as future faculty members. There are opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, both online and across Cornell (contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu for information on Cornell learning communities).


Course 2: Advancing Learning through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching

Course 2 prepares 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. Participants will learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, including active learning and flipped classroom approaches.

Next offered: 2022

MOOC Instructors

  • Cynthia Brame and Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Rique Campa, Michigan State University; Bennett Goldberg, Northwestern University, and other rotating CIRTL Network leaders

Schedule

  • Week 1 – Practice and Feedback – Peer Instruction
  • Week 2 – Practice and Feedback – Problem-Based Learning
  • Week 3 – Thinking Like a Scientist – Inquiry-Based Labs
  • Week 4 – Learning Communities – Cooperative Learning
  • Week 5 – Learning Communities – Learning through Diversity
  • Week 6 – Course Design – The Flipped Classroom
  • Week 7 – Principles and Practices – Final Assignment Submission
  • Week 8 – Peer Feedback

Learn more about the advanced STEM Teaching MOOC

These courses draw on the expertise of STEM faculty, educational researchers, and staff from university teaching centers, many of them affiliated with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of nearly 40 research universities collaborating in the preparation of graduate students and postdocs as future faculty members. There are opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, both online and across Cornell (contact Colleen McLinn at futurefaculty@cornell.edu for information on Cornell learning communities).

Open-Source Video Content

The instructors are releasing most of the learning materials generated for these courses in an open-source manner, so that anyone can incorporate materials such as videos in new or existing training programs for current and future faculty.

Visit the STEM Teaching Course website to view video content.

Acknowledgements

MOOC development and research on its effectiveness has been funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE#: 1347605), to Rique Campa of Michigan State University. Co-investigators are Kitch Barnicle, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University, Bennett Goldberg, Northwestern University, and Robert Mathieu, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Postdoc Academy Course 1: Succeeding as a Postdoc

The Postdoc Academy is a comprehensive online and in-person program built on the National Postdoctoral Association core competencies to support skill development throughout postdoc training, from orientation to next career step. This program consists of two free online courses and local learning communities built specifically for postdocs. The content uses inclusive, active-learning approaches to be a resource for the postdoc audience directly, as well as postdoc offices and associations.

Next offered: April 26-June 7, 2021

The Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc is the first 6-week online course. Additional courses will be available in the future.

The Postdoc Academy is developed by a team at Boston University, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Northwestern University, with funding from the National Institutes of Health. Meet the team


Inclusive STEM Teaching Project MOOC

The Inclusive STEM Teaching Project is a 7 week course designed to advance the awareness, self-efficacy, and the ability of faculty, postdocs, and doctoral students to cultivate inclusive STEM learning environments for all their students and to develop themselves as reflective, inclusive practitioners. It has been funded under an NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) grant.

Next offered: June 15 – August 1, 2021

Enroll in Inclusive STEM Teaching through EdX

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