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CIRTL Capstone Teaching-as-Research Seminars
Each year, graduate students from across the CIRTL Network develop Teaching-As-Research (TAR) projects. The Capstone series brings together these TAR graduate students, post-docs, staff and faculty from across all institutions to discuss, share resources, ask questions and offer suggestions.
Capstone Program Objectives
- Connect graduate students from different Network campuses with similar professional interests to share project ideas and results.
- Create opportunities for graduate students around the network to learn together about teaching, and through their diversity enhance each other’s preparation for future faculty roles.
- Provide students content knowledge (e.g. about learning objectives, assessment, etc.) from a Network expert.
- Provide a wider range of opportunities for students at all campuses, with the efficiency that every campus need not staff every opportunity.
To participate in the Capstone series, contact your local CIRTL program or Robin Greenler at rgreenler [at] wisc.edu
CIRTL Cross-Network Capstone Program 2012-2013
Part 1. Posting Project Objectives and Methods, Sept. 23
By September 23 students will go to the online TAR learning community site (http://www.cirtl.net/learningcommunities/tar) and post
- the teaching and learning question that they are investigating or learning objectives that they have set and
- the proposed method(s) they are exploring for their study.
Students should take a few minutes after September 24 to look through other projects and post questions, share similarities or comment on each other’s posts.
Part 2. Presentation on TAR and Developing Project Objectives, September 26, 3-4 pm CT
A web conference presentation on TAR and developing project objectives by Derek Bruff, Director, Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University, will be held the week of September 24 in the CIRTL online classroom. Following an overview by a guest speaker, students will discuss their ideas in small breakout rooms.
Part 3. TAR Graduate Webinar, October 22, 11am-12pm CT and February 12, 2-3pm CT
A fall and spring webinar presentation will each feature two fellow TAR "graduates" to talk about their projects, the TAR experience, and long term impacts on their outlook in the academy.
October 22, 11am-12pm CT:
LeighAnn Jordan, Michigan State University FAST Fellow, graduate student in Department of Chemistry
Paul Sell, UW Madison Delta program, graduate student in Astronomy Department
February 12, 2-3pm CT:
Emily Norton, Michigan State University FAST Fellow, graduate student in Fisheries and Wildlife Department
Emily Kara, UW Madison Delta program, graduate student in Department of Biology
Part 4. TAR Presentation Session, Tuesday April 16, 12-1pm CT
Students who did a TAR project in the year will participate in the all Network TAR Presentation Session in mid-April. TAR presentations for the session will comprise three PowerPoint slides including
- your project title and research question,
- a summary of project design or research methods and
- a summary of a piece of your results and the implications of those findings.