Who is CIRC?
CIRC is an innovation center that serves as a platform for developing new tools in educational technology. Our mission is to create solutions to real-world classroom problems and discover novel ways to engage instructors with students and students with each other.
We create instructor resources that are focused on enhancing the student experience, creating positive educational outcomes, and increasing pedagogical effectiveness. The integration of our tools allows vital data to be aggregated and analyzed, providing robust adaptive learning experiences that enable personalized instruction at scale.
Our process begins and ends with collaboration. If you’re an instructor with an idea for improving the classroom experience or a challenge that needs creative problem-solving, let’s start conversation. If there’s a match, we’ll work with you to create custom technologies for your classroom. Refer to our Innovations page for the results of past collaborations.
Programs and Initiatives
The Certificate in Chemistry Education (CCE) is a merit-based, by-invitation-only program offered to students who have done exceptionally well in their chemistry courses. While this program may be of interest to anyone considering a future in education, particularly in the STEM fields, we encourage students of all academic and career goals to take part. Participants will not only receive formal pedagogical training, but they will also have the opportunity to apply this training to various areas of instruction.
The purpose of the Teaching Intern (TI) program is to train students to be effective peer mentors, and provide them with experience in helping students in General Chemistry. Being a good mentor requires skills such as patience, creativity, good communication, and empathy. All of these skills are essential, regardless of one’s chosen academic or career path. While teaching interns are not content experts in the same way as a professor, they are more in-tune with the needs of students.