Core Ideas

Three ideas are at the foundation of the CIRTL Network: Teaching-as-Research, Learning Community, and Learning-through-Diversity.


Teaching-as-Research (TAR)

Teaching-as-Research is the deliberate, systematic and reflective use of research methods by instructors to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers.


Learning Communities

Learning Communities bring together groups of people from different disciplines for shared learning, discovery, and the generation of knowledge of effective teaching practices.



Learning-through-diversity capitalizes on the rich array of experiences, backgrounds, and skills among STEM undergraduates and graduates-through-faculty to enhance the learning of all.


More information about CIRTL’s values, ideas, and history can be found at