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CIRTL offers a range of online programming to our cross-Network learning community. Drop-in events are open to anyone, while courses and workshops are limited to participants from a CIRTL Network institution or CIRTL Network alumni. CIRTL’s online programming comes in addition to what our member institutions offer locally for their own students.

Programming is offered according to our academic calendar. Registration typically opens within two months before a semester begins; sign up for our newsletter to receive announcements as exact registration dates are set. Occasional events, workshops, and teaching institutes may take place outside of our semester dates. Please see below for more details on how to register and attend CIRTL drop-in events, courses and workshops.

2023-2024 Academic Calendar Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024
Programming posted online Aug. 7, 2023 Dec. 11, 2023 May 13, 2024
Registration opens* Aug. 14, 2023 Jan. 8, 2024 May 20, 2024
Semester begins Sept. 25, 2023 Feb. 2, 2024 June 24, 2024
Semester ends Dec. 8, 2023 Apr. 26, 2024 Aug. 9, 2024

CIRTL Network events run on a drop-in basis and are open to anyone, regardless of whether participants are affiliated with CIRTL Network member institutions or not. 

You can register to attend any event by visiting our Upcoming Events & Courses page, selecting one from the list, then clicking the “Register” button on the event’s information page. After registering, you will be automatically emailed with the Zoom connection information and calendar invitation for the event.

Courses and workshops, which often have limited seats available, are open for registration on a first-come, first-serve basis; CIRTL members and alumni receive priority over unaffiliated registrants. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and alumni status listed in your registration to determine your eligibility. Contact with questions about our policy and process.

You can register for any course or workshop by visiting our Upcoming Events & Courses page, selecting one from the list, then clicking the “Register” button on the workshop or course’s information page. Registration remains open until a course or workshop hits its enrollment cap or until registration is scheduled to close, whichever comes first. Enrollment is processed on a rolling basis, with final enrollment processed within one week after registration closes. Visit our Upcoming Events & Courses page for specific registration close dates.

If you are enrolled, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom connection information and calendar invitation for the event, along with any other key information on how to prepare for your first meeting.

Students who complete one of CIRTL’s online courses receive a letter of completion at the end of the semester. These letters can be helpful additions to teaching portfolios, resumes, and CVs.

CIRTL does not offer course credit. Depending on the course, an instructor may provide a letter-grade upon request in order to meet your local campus requirements for course credit. Students requesting a letter grade must submit a grade request form by the end of the second week of class. Students are expected to complete all required coursework regardless of credit arrangement.

To receive credit, students should work with their local CIRTL Network campus leaders or advisors to receive independent study or other credit through their home institution. Credits offered by each host campus vary. Local CIRTL programs may also have their own certification tracks, and your local leaders can help you learn more about these options.

CIRTL Coursework is typically equivalent to a 1 to 2-credit course; you can see the recommended credit-equivalent on the Upcoming Events & Courses page. The suggested credit is based on the instructor’ recommendation and a general guideline of one credit being equivalent to approximately 12-15 hours of classroom time, direct instructional time, or the equivalent.

All of our cross-Network programs take place in Zoom. You can read more about how the platform works and how to install it by visiting the “Getting Started” section of Zoom’s FAQ page.

Additionally, many of our courses and workshops use Moodle, a learning management system. Zoom provides the online classrooms that host the synchronous portion of our classes and workshops, as well as all our events. Moodle is a communication tool, where course instructors and workshop facilitators can post assignments and readings, and where students can interact and collaborate on discussion boards. CIRTL automatically sets up and sends Moodle account information for students enrolled in courses and workshops.

To attend online sessions in Zoom, we recommend: 

  • individual access to a computer in a quiet location (it is often necessary that you can speak during sessions so you must find a place where you are able to do this)
  • a high-speed Internet connection
  • a microphone
  • headphones or earbuds
  • a webcam
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.
If plans change and you need to withdraw from a CIRTL course or workshop, please fill out our withdrawal form as soon as possible. Students who miss the first two sessions of a course and fail to communicate their absences to CIRTL staff or their instructors will be withdrawn automatically.