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CIRTL at Cornell

Online Courses

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Online graduate courses from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network allow you to interact with faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students from nearly 40 research universities.

All participants who successfully complete course activities and assignments will receive a letter of completion. Optional local credit is available for some online CIRTL courses upon request, through a graduate individual study course number. Cornell graduate students or postdocs interested in enrolling for independent study credit should contact CIRTL at Cornell Director Dr. Colleen McLinn at by the second week of the semester.

CIRTL Network Courses for Spring 2019

Early registration for spring courses is open from December 10 – January 7, and is highly recommend if a course has a small capacity. Cornell is a CIRTL member institution, so Cornell affiliates (including graduate students, postdocs, faculty, staff, and alumni) can register during this time. Regular registration begins on January 8, and is open to those at other institutions as well. Register for these courses through the CIRTL Network website.

The College Classroom (Course)

Get an introduction to key learning principles and the basics of effective teaching practices in this 12-week online course.

  • January 28 – April 15, 2019
  • Meets online weekly on Mondays from 1-2:30 pm ET
  • Early registration: December 10 – January 7. Regular registration: January 8-21. Course has started as of 1/28/19
  • Credit: 1 credit optional

Diversity in the College Classroom (Course)

Understand the theory behind how diversity affects learning and develop practical classroom strategies in this 9-week online course.

  • February 26 – April 23, 2019
  • Meets online weekly on Tuesdays from 11:30 am-1 pm ET
  • Early registration: December 10 – January 7. Regular registration: January 8 – February 18. All spots filled as of 1/28/19
  • Credit: 1 credit optional

Engaging Students in the Teaching of Statistics (Short course)

Learn about engaging, evidence-based pedagogical practices for statistics in this short 5-week online course.

  • March 21 – April 18, 2019
  • Meets online weekly on Thursdays from 2-4 pm ET
  • Early registration: December 10 – January 7. Regular registration: January 8 – March 11. All spots filled as of 1/28/19
  • Credit: 1 credit optional

Advancing Learning through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching (Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC)

Learn about developing effective, evidence-based STEM teaching practices at your own pace through online video modules and discussion boards in this 8-week MOOC.

  • February 4 – March 29, 2019
  • Early registration: December 10 – February 4 (strongly encouraged). Late registration: February 4 – March 29.
  • Credit: N/A
  • Weekly local discussions on Mondays at 10 am ET (contact

Cornell-Developed Courses

Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom Online Course

A four-week, self-paced online course for anyone with teaching responsibilities at Cornell, at any level of diversity expertise. Modules explore strategies for inclusive course design, social identity and self-reflection, and pedagogical practices that effectively support student engagement and belongingness across difference. Offered by the Center for Teaching Innovation through EdX Edge.