Georgia Tech is an active member of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network. The CIRTL Network is comprised of 40 research universities that collaborate to prepare future faculty in all disciplines, with a particular emphasis on STEM fields. Cross-network learning resources are available free of charge to students, postdoc, faculty, and staff at Georgia Tech. Create your own CIRTL account to explore the variety of online MOOCs, synchronous courses, workshops, journal clubs, and more.
One of CIRTL's core ideas, Teaching-as-Research (TAR) is "the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods by instructors to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers." TAR projects encourage educators to identify opportunities to improve teaching and learning through intentional problem identification, intervention, and assessment. The scope of TAR projects provides graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and even faculty a manageable introduction to education research. Check out these sample projects completed by graduate students in math, physiology, engineering, and earth and atmospheric sciences.
Fall 2018: TAR Seminar
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are invited to participate in a weekly non-credit seminar to design a TAR project. By the end of the seminar, participants will recognize a teaching challenge, ask a good research question, and design an investigation into student learning. After the seminar, participants may choose to be matched with a faculty mentor to implement the project.
For more information about TAR and the TAR Seminar, contact Kata Dosa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIRTL Certificates and Tech to Teaching
Tech to Teaching is Georgia Tech's original teaching certificate. The foundation level of the Tech to Teaching certificate overlaps with the Associate Level CIRTL certificate. Therefore, all Tech to Teaching members are awarded the CIRTL Associate Level certificate upon completion of the foundation level of Tech to Teaching. Two advanced CIRTL certificates are also offered. The Practitioner Level is awarded for designing and conducting a TAR project; the Scholar Level is awarded for disseminating the study results through a conference presentation or publication.
All Georgia Tech students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate in CIRTL resources; graduate students and postdocs are eligible to earn certificates. When you register for a CIRTL account, you become a member of the Georgia Tech CIRTL community.