The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is an NSF funded consortium of 23 research universities across the nation. CIRTL uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences.
In the fall of 2014, CIRTL hosted a MOOC, an Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching. The following videos from the MOOC highlight best practices for creating an inclusive classroom environment.
Dr. Michele DiPietro, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kennessaw State University, discusses the many aspects of classroom climate and the importance for student motivation and learning.
In this video, Trey Mack (Astronomy Graduate Student at Vanderbilt University) plays the role of a Physics TA in the first day of class. The TA makes a series of decisions in the class that are not reflective of inclusive teaching and serve to potentially alienate students and hinder their learning process.
Vanderbilt University Astronomy Graduate Student, Trey Mack, and Dr. Alice Pawley, Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University, discuss issues in the dramatization of the Physics TA on the first day of class.
Vanderbilt University Astronomy Graduate Student, Trey Mack, and Dr. Alice Pawley, Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University, continue to discuss issues in the dramatization of the Physics TA on the first day of class.