How to become a CIRTL Participant at UBC

How to become a CIRTL Associate at UBC

At UBC, there are several ways to become a CIRTL Associate. Completion of any ONE of the following will result in recognition as a CIRTL Associate.

  1. The Foundations of Pedagogy course. This is a free, non-credit course to learn about teaching effectively. At the end of the one-term course (Two hour class for eight weeks), you will be able to use concepts in evidence-based teaching to effectively teach a lesson in a STEM undergraduate classroom.
  2. Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), a 3-day (24 contact hours) foundational teaching skills workshop that uses mini-lessons and intensive peer feedback to emphasize reflective teaching practices. The effective elements of the ISW that are closely aligned with CIRTL core values are strong learning community created by the peer-to-peer instruction in each workshop, the recognition of the iterative nature of teaching improvement, and emphasis on student diversity in learning.
    If you have taken an ISW, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
  3. CIRTL Summer Teaching Institute, a five-day teaching intensive that combines an emphasis on learning evidence and theory-based approaches to teaching and learning with the opportunity to apply those theories in practice. Participating in the Summer Institute is another opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to obtain valuable knowledge and practice on evidence-based teaching methods and receive CIRTL Associate status. The Summer Institute is recommended to anyone who would like to have a more extended experience than ISW, but would not be able to commit to the long-term schedule of FoP 1. Those who have already taken ISW or FoP 1 will find the Institute a valuable opportunity to revisit the theory, hone their skills through the highly popular peer-based ‘Mini-Lesson’ teaching and feedback cycles, and also connect with the wider CIRTL community.

How to become a CIRTL Practitioner at UBC

Completion of any ONE of the following will result in recognition as a CIRTL Practitioner:

  1. Teaching as Research (TAR) project in collaboration with a UBC faculty member. The TAR project involves identifying a challenge to student learning in a UBC course, creating learning objects or teaching strategies to address the challenge, and testing whether this improves student learning.
  2. Foundations of Pedagogy course-module 2: Evidence-based STEM teaching.

Become a CIRTL Associate