|Abstract||"The cross-Network learning community represents one of CIRTL’s deepest engagements with the learning-through-diversity idea. No single university can fully know—or prepare their students for—the diversity of teaching circumstances across the nation. The foundational hypothesis of the cross-Network learning community is that engaging with colleagues across institutional boundaries, cultural norms, personal experiences and disciplinary divisions will better prepare graduate students for future faculty positions.
Currently cross-Network learning community programming comprises:
Online Learning Community. The online learning community focuses on four themed areas that encourage dialogue, collaboration, resource sharing and ongoing professional development in focused areas of STEM teaching and learning. The themed areas also connect with Network courses such that classroom discussion extends beyond a single semester and cohort of students. (http://www.cirtl.net/learningcommunities)
Graduate Curriculum. A minimum of two graduate courses is offered every semester by faculty and academic staff across the CIRTL Network. Seven unique courses have been developed. (www.cirtl.net/past_courses)
CIRTL Capstone TAR Seminars. Every local CIRTL learning community has a TAR internship-like program. Students in these programs interact across the Network through discussions forums, resources sharing, and peer review on the Online TAR Learning Community, joint web seminars, and an annual cross Network TAR poster session. (www.cirtl.net/capstone_TAR)
CIRTL Coffee Hours. In the CIRTL coffee hours, Network future faculty connect informally on issues of the academic job search and career, with a particular emphasis on how participants can use their CIRTL-enhanced skills in teaching to their advantage. (www.cirtl.net/coffeehour)
CIRTL Exchange Program. For Network future faculty who have completed TAR projects, the CIRTL Exchange Program provides the opportunity to travel to other Network campuses to present both their disciplinary research and their teaching-as-research. (www.cirtl.net/networkexchange)
CIRTLCasts. These more formal online presentations provide opportunities to make localized expertise within the Network available broadly to all Network institutions. (http://www.cirtl.net/cirtlcasts/archive)"