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CIRTL Network Teaching-as-Research Presentations

April 15, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CDT

Hear graduate students and postdocs from across the CIRTL Network share the results of their Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects in this online presentation session. TAR projects investigate questions about teaching and learning, including assessing the effectiveness of specific learning activities and tools, examining the learning process about a specific topic, or characterizing the student experience in the classroom.

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Event Schedule

This online event takes place on Thursday, April 15 at 4-5:30PM AT / 3-4:30PM ET / 2-3:30PM CT / 1-2:30PM MT / 12-1:30PM PT. A detailed event agenda is below:

  • 2-2:15pm Central Time: Introductory remarks
  • 2:15-3:15pm Central Time: Panel presentations
  • 3:15-3:30pm Central Time: Closing remarks

Speaker Panels

This year’s presentations feature 17 students from 11 institutions presenting across 4 concurrent panels:

  • Panel 1: Online learning & flipped classrooms
    • Monika Filipovska, Northwestern: Fostering Student Motivation in a Blended Remote Learning Setting
    • Janani Hariharan, Cornell: Impact of Modality and Camera Usage on Student Performance in a Microbiology Classroom
    • Sheeraz Akram, Pittsburgh: Impact of Video Resources on Student Learning
    • Mi Sun An, TAMU: Improving Visualization Capability in Construction Education (Plan Reading)
    • Shawn Schwartz, UCLA: College Students’ Anxiety, Preparedness, and Perceptions of Remote Learning Effectiveness During COVID-19: A Classroom Study
  • Panel 2: Student attitudes & active learning
    • Deanna Rumble, UAB: Learning in the Online Medical Psychology Classroom: Student Attitudes Towards Experiential Health Simulations
    • Portia Mira, UCLA: Effects of interactive lecturing on student’s perceptions of biology in an online learning environment
    • Josie Mitchell, UW-Madison: Students value drawing to learn biochemistry
  • Panel 3: Teaching key skills and concepts
    • Undarmaa Maamuujav, UCI: The Affordances of Infographics for Undergraduate Students’ Writing Development
    • Vikas Menghwani, UBC: Using Retrieval as a Learning Tool in an Introductory Forest Sciences Course Meant for non-Forestry students
    • Sarah McFall-Boegeman, MSU: Study of Student Output During Electrochemistry Unit in Chemistry Class for Upper-Level Undergraduates
    • Mengtian Chen, U Iowa: Computer-aided Corrective Feedback on the Production of Chinese Tones: Using Praat (a computer software) to Recast
  • Panel 4: Student motivation, engagement & retention
    • Rachel Hutchinson, UW-Madison: How does guided discovery affect student motivation to learn solution calculations in a laboratory skills course?
    • Andrew Van Alst, MSU: Promoting career skill development and student perceptions of course value in an introductory biology lab to improve student learning
    • Riley Petillion, UBC: Identifying Essential Factors in Producing Effective and Engaging Instructional Videos
    • Ilissa Chasnick, MSU: Experiential Learning in Veterinary Medicine


This drop-in, online event is open to the public. Anyone is welcome to attend, but you must register in order to attend. Once you register, you will have access to the online meeting room where this event will take place.


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


Speaker presentations will be recorded.

Learning Outcomes

Associate: Teaching-as-Research

  • Describe a “full-inquiry” cycle.
  • Define and recognize the value of the Teaching-as-Research process, and how it can be used for ongoing enhancement of learning.


April 15, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
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CIRTL Network