CIRTL@UIC Learning Outcomes
CIRTL program participants take a student-centered approach to their teaching, focusing on supporting the needs and achievement of the diversity of students in their classrooms. They do this by employing reflecting teaching practices including using the literature on learning and teaching to inform their classroom choices, and asking questions about their teaching with a focus on improving student learning and their teaching practice. CIRTL participants do not view teaching and learning as a solo endeavor, rather as one that is improved by working with and learning from others. They create opportunities in their classrooms for students to learn from and with each other, and contribute to conversations about teaching within their departments, universities, and broader disciplinary communities.
CIRTL Associates, Practitioners and Scholars Heading link
There are successive levels of CIRTL program outcomes: CIRTL Associate, CIRTL Practitioner, and CIRTL Scholar, that allow participants to demonstrate their commitment to implementing effective teaching practices to support diverse learners:
- CIRTL Associate: Recognizes the role of the CIRTL core ideas in effective teaching and learning.
- CIRTL Practitioner: Uses scholarly teaching, informed by the CIRTL core ideas, to improve students’ learning through a teaching-as-research (TAR) project.
- CIRTL Scholar: Advances teaching and learning through a formal presentation of their TAR project to the broader educational community.
These learning outcomes are designed in a way to allow UIC community members from all disciplines, teaching development needs, and past instructional experiences, to engage in our professional development opportunities. Explore our learning outcomes by level below or our Learning Outcomes Handout for more details.
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CIRTL Practitioner outcomes emphasize using scholarly teaching, informed by the CIRTL core ideas, to improve students’ learning through a teaching-as-research (TAR) project. Practitioners engage with all of the Teaching-as Research learning outcomes, and accomplish many learning outcomes in all other areas below in doing their TAR project.
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CIRTL Scholars add to community knowledge about teaching and learning. They design and implement a Teaching-as-Research project, and share their findings with the broader educational community. The significance of CIRTL Scholar Teaching-as-Research work is established through presentation and/or publication of the findings to all-university, regional, national, or international audiences.