TIGER Workshops

These workshops and events are sponsored by the University of Colorado's connection with the CIRTL Network and can range from future faculty development to inclusive pedagogy to course design and learning communities. Contact gtpleads@colorado.edu with any questions.



January 27 - March 22, 2020

Advancing Learning through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching

Co-Facilitated with Kelly Clark, PhD, Johns Hopkins University and Preston Cumming, PhD, CU Boulder


Advancing Learning through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching is an open, online course (MOOC) designed to provide graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and other aspiring faculty in STEM disciplines with an overview of effective college teaching strategies and the research that supports them. This course is also suitable for other interested university staff, faculty, and administrators. The goal of the eight-week course is to equip the next generation of faculty to be effective teachers, thus improving the learning experience for the thousands of students they will teach. The course draws on the expertise of a variety of STEM faculty, educational researchers, and staff from university teaching centers, many of them affiliated with the CIRTL Network. Participants will learn how to engage students in active learning in classrooms using strategies such as peer instruction and problem-based learning, develop methods to help their students think more like experts in their fields using inquiry-based labs and similar activities, turn their classrooms into learning communities through cooperative learning and using the diverse perspectives of their students, and use approaches like flipped classrooms that make it possible to build active and collaborative learning into their classes. Formats include video content and transcripts, readings, discussion forums, quizzes, and peer-graded assignments where you will plan teaching and learning activities relevant to your discipline.

Course Schedule

This 8-week course is entirely asynchronous, meaning there are no regularly scheduled weekly meetings. Each week instructors will release new materials for students to access via the EdX platform.


Your instructors estimate participants will need to spend 4-5 hours per week on coursework.

Registration and Enrollment

This course has no enrollment cap. Students who register for this course will be redirected to the EdX platform to complete their registration. Registration opens Friday, December 20. Go to www.cirtl.net to create and account and register.


We strive to be inclusive of anyone interested in participating in our activities. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at info@cirtl.net in advance so that we may make the necessary accommodations.

April 11, 2020

CU: Diversity on Campus

Saturday, April 11, 8am-6pm, 2020

This day will be remote, via Zoom, participants will be contacted with further information


CU: Diversity on Campus is a one-day, multi-campus inclusive excellence training hosted by CU Boulder and funded by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement. Materials and activities will prepare graduate students to recognize and integrate inclusive excellence into their teaching and research environments. Faculty and presenters include experts in college teaching, diversity, inclusion, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Participants will expand their awareness of diversity and inclusion issues in the classroom and learn to incorporate inclusive teaching and mentoring practices.


Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars may apply. We will accept 10 graduate students and post-docs from CU and will open other slots for participants from other surrounding campuses. Because of the arrangements with faculty and administration that will need to be made ahead of time, participants must make a firm commitment to attend (i.e., no dropping out), so please think seriously about this before applying.


The application can be found here: https://cuboulder.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0V7zAuB51U80uHj

If you have questions about CU: DOC or the application, please contact Preston Cumming at gtpleads@colorado.edu or call (303) 492-4902.

Schedule at a Glance

8:00-8:15 - Breakfast/Mingle

8:15-8:45 - Welcome from several campuses

8:45-9:00 - Break

9:00-10:15 - Best Practices for Creating an LGBTQ Inclusive Classroom

10:15-10:30 - Break

10:30-11:45 - TBD

11:45-1:00 - Lunch

1:00-2:15 - Lego of my Lecture: Building inclusion in your classroom

2:15-2:30 - Break

2:30-3:45 - International Student Academic Success

3:45-4:00 - Break

4:00-5:15 - Universal Design for Learning

5:15-5:30 - Wrap up/Feedback

October 2020

Talking About Leaving Revisited Webinar

Anne-Barrie Hunter, PhD, Co-Director and Research Associate, Ethnography & Evaluation Research, CU Boulder

Dr. Hunter will facilitate a discussion around her latest work on undergraduat STEM education and discuss her recent book "Talking About Leaving Revisited" This will be simultaneously run as an in-person event and a webinar.