Learning Communities


Learning communities, one of CIRTL's core ideas, bring people together for shared learning, discovery, and the generation of knowledge. Learning community members take responsibility for achieving these shared learning goals. CIRTL at IUPUI learning communities are open to all graduate students, postdocs, and all types of faculty. If you are a faculty member, graduate student, or postdoc who is interested in facilitating a learning community for any of the local or cross-network CIRTL programming, please contact the CIRTL Team at IUPUI for more information. Local learning communities that can be included in annual CIRTL reports need to be approved  by the CIRTL Team at IUPUI .

Learning Communities at IUPUI

Culturally Responsive Teaching Learning Community

The Culturally Responsive Teaching Learning Community (LC) is an opportunity for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to critically reflect and engage issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom. We will challenge our thinking, cultivate our curricular and pedagogical practices, share research and resources, and support our collective and respective journeys as educators for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society. We will foster a space that empowers both its members and ultimately, the students we serve. 

Fall 2017 Meeting Dates: The LC will meet five times in fall 2017. Participants are required to attend a minimum of four meetings. All meetings will held in the Center for Teaching and Learning from 2:00 - 3:30 pm on the following Wednesdays: September 20, October 4, October 25, November 1, and November 15. Please contact Dennis Rudnick (drudnick@iupui.edu), Associate Director of the Multicultural Center, or the CIRTL Team and IUPUI with specific questions or concerns.

To ensure equitable participation and engagement, the LC will be limited to 10 members.  Members will be chosen based on the quality of sentiment expressed towards diversity in the short essay questions in the applications.

The CIRTL network offers a two free, massive open online courses (MOOCs)

  1. An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching 
  2. Advancing Learning through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching 
The MOOCs, centered on the CIRTL core ideas, are eight-week online courses delivered asynchronously and involve periodic peer-graded assessments and participation in discussion forums.

The IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will host a MCLC for the introductory MOOC in fall and the advanced MOOC in spring. MCLCs have been shown to increase MOOC completion rates by 50%, and participants have reported that the in-person discussions are valuable and motivating.

Fall 2017 MCLC dates: The MCLC for An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching will meet on the following Fridays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm: October 6 and 20, November 3 and 17. All meeting will be held in CTL located in the University Library : UL 1125M.  

Click here to Register for the Fall 2017 MCLC.

  • Registration for the first meeting ensures registration for subsequent meetings.   
  • Registration is first-come, first-served.
  • MCLC membership will be limited to 10 participants.

STEM departments with several interested participants are encouraged to host similar MCLC's facilitated by department faculty, graduate students, and/or postdocs. Please contact the CIRTL Team at IUPUI for more information for facilitating MCLCs. 

The webinar on Introduction to CIRTL at IUPUI will be offered on September 13, September 19, October 10, and October 18. It will be offered again upon request.

Click here for information on CIRTL cross-network online learning communities.

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