Teaching‐As‐Research (TAR) is one of the core ideas of CIRTL network, which involves the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of graduate students and postdocs.

The IUPUI TAR program will be an integral component of the CIRTL Practitioner and Scholar-levels. Participants engaged in teaching-as-research will apply a research approach to their teaching practices, following the conceptual steps of the full-inquiry cycle outlined below:

  1. Learning foundational knowledge. (What is known about the teaching practice?)
  2. Creating objectives for student learning. (What do we want students to learn?)
  3. Developing an hypothesis for practices to achieve the learning objectives. (How can we help students succeed with the learning objectives?)
  4. Defining measures of success. (What evidence will we need to determine whether students have achieved learning objectives?)
  5. Developing and implementing teaching practices within an experimental design. (What will we do in and out of the classroom to enable students to achieve learning objectives?)
  6. Collecting and analyzing data. (How will we collect and analyze information to determine what students have learned?)
  7. Reflecting, evaluating, and iterating. (How will we use what we have learned to improve our teaching?)

Contact CIRTL at IUPUI Team to learn more about and participate in the IUPUI TAR Program. Participants must have completed Associate level requirements prior to starting a TAR project.

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