Thirty-eight research universities that produce one-third of U.S. doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields now are members of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), established in 2003 with support from the National Science Foundation to improve the teaching skills and increase the diversity of future STEM university faculty members. The CIRTL mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers.
Service Learning integrates academic coursework with service to the community. Students engage in classroom activities and discussions and perform local projects related to their academic coursework, and reflect upon those experiences. More than a volunteering opportunity, service learning furthers educational goals while promoting civic responsibility. From focused instruction and concept discussions with classmates to practical, real-world application, coupled with reflection and assessment, the learning process becomes a much richer and more well-rounded experience. Through reflective activities, students enhance their understanding of course content, learn to apply academic training to solve real-world problems, and develop a sense of civic responsibility.
The Maverick Advantage Faculty Engagement (MAFE) Program engages, educates, prepares, and supports faculty on understanding what the Maverick Advantage is. It encourages faculty to integrate one or more of the Maverick Advantage activities into their academic courses, thereby giving students the opportunity to obtain Maverick Advantage experiences within their academic coursework.
Collaborate UTA, provides undergraduate students with a competitive edge by assessing and enhancing a key skill that employers desire: teamwork. Through the creation of a Student Teamwork Guide, development of Professional Learning Communities, and a Seed Grant Program to promote research, faculty and staff are working to develop innovative and effective ways to enhance and assess teamwork in the classroom and prepare our students for success both during, and after their time at UT Arlington.
LINK was a research laboratory where researchers, educators, and graduate students connected, shared, and collaborated in advancing social and technological networks, designing future learning models, and exploring the future of higher education. Pete Smith and Laurel Mayo created LINK in Fall 2013, with George Siemens joining as Executive Director December, 2013. LINK started with the MOOC Research Initiative Conference, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, December 5-6, 2013. Since that event, the lab has obtained a number of additional grants, developed a network of international scholars, initiated cutting-edge research projects, and collaborated with graduate students, faculty, and staff at the University of Texas at Arlington.