The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning defines teaching as a dynamic process. We teach and learn about teaching simultaneously. The ultimate goal is to develop and disseminate effective teaching practices, but we only know what’s effective via research. In this way, research, teaching, and learning are intimately intertwined.
The part that really caught my eye about this collaborative group was the focus on diversity. Students come from diverse backgrounds, and CIRTL recognizes that. For example, CIRTL wrote a resource book for instructors, “Reaching all Students,” which I think is incredibly insightful. Here is the complete book and below are some main points to keep in mind.
- Know the diverse backgrounds of students and the resulting implications for learning. Dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to, preferred learning style, race, ethnicity and culture, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age and socioeconomic background.
- Recognize existing inequities, and promote an equitable, inclusive and respectful climate for learning.
- Identify curricular, teaching and assessment practices that promote learning for all.
- Draw upon the diversity of students to enhance and enrich the learning of all.