Learning Studio



Summer Teaching Institute, Riverside (STIR)

Register for the STIR Institute.

The STIR Institute is designed for both experienced UCR faculty and instructors who are new to online teaching.


This research-based preparation for college and university teaching is designed to immerse instructors in the student experience of online/hybrid learning. Participants will be guided through a process to help them make informed, discipline-sensitive decisions about their proposed course/s. The emphasis will be on helping instructors begin to create technology-infused courses that will engage students in purposeful, interactive learning activities. Reflecting our campus commitment to the three tenets of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), this Institute will consciously model and utilize multiple means of Representation, Action and Expression, and Engagement. Participants will also be introduced to UCR online instructor colleagues, an arrangement that will support collegial conversations, guided online course observations and reflection on implications for course designs and instructional activities.

Two live sessions - during Modules 2 and 4 - will provide opportunities for sharing ideas, showcasing materials, and for scholarly reflection on teaching and learning in "on-ground" and virtual classrooms. You will use and become familiar with iLearn (Blackboard Learning Management System) and online resources to support teaching and learning in live and delayed contexts.

  • Summer 2018 Dates

    July 3-10             1st intake - start early, work at a leisurely pace

    September 4-11  2nd intake - intensive format over 1 week

    Mid-September   + a closing two-hour​ instructor​ Showcase Gathering, in person, or via Zoom.

  • Format

    This flexible workshop will require a minimum of 25 hours of formal participation, with the expectation that some additional “out-of-class” study time will be devoted to small assignments, research and materials preparation - all directly related to ILTI grant preparation. Each module will take approximately 4-5 hours of formal learning and study.

    • Modules 1 & 2: online
    • Module 3: a two hour live check-in (in person, or via Zoom) + online components
    • Module 4: online + a two-hour Showcase Gathering, at which participants will present their module prototypes to UCR ILTI PIs and other online instructors
    • Networking & review (c. 5 hrs) : collegial conversations, materials review, guided observations
    • Optional Academic Engagement Companion Skills workshops to be offered over the summer and in subsequent quarters.
  • Satisfactory Completion

    To complete this program satisfactorily, you need to complete all required online activities, and attend (virtually or in person) the Module 2 live session in the intensive period.

  • Intended Learning Outcomes

    In addition to any personal learning outcomes you set yourself, and by completing all learning activities in this Institute, you will:

    • begin to re/design a new/existing course following research-based principles that will engage your students in active, deep learning;
    • be able to design thoughtfully sequenced learning outcomes, activities and assessments that foster deep learning;
    • have a range of instructional strategies to help your students get started, maintain their participation, and complete your course;
    • design and present a prototype for one module (topic, chapter, week) to bring to light the "nuts and bolts" - technological and pedagogical considerations - of your online course;
  • Technical Requirements

    We will use UCR's Learning Management System (LMS) iLearn as the organizing interface and interactive space for this online Institute. For online participation, live webinars and video recording (both using Zoom), you will need ideally: a computer with a stable Internet connection, a webcam, microphone, speakers/earbuds/headset, and a smartphone or tablet capable of creating and uploading video.

  • Your Resource Library in iLearn comprises 4 shelves
    • Required Viewing or Reading each week: 1-2 videos or articles about each week's topic;
    • Topical Resource folders: (links, .pdfs): Campus resources, Bloom's Taxonomy and Writing LOs, sample UCR online course syllabi;
    • Recommended Readings: University T & L research for the curious instructor who wants to dig deeper;
    • Online (Higher) Education Reports: for recent data and observations about online education policy and practice in colleges and universities.
  • Other Resources

    Other Resources
    ITS Academic Engagement:

    Pre-course activities:

    1. We invite you to take this survey: Are you ready to take an online course?
    2. Networking ~ online course review: 

    Prior to the formal start date of the Institute, participants will be given a. access to a selection of online course sites, syllabi, course materials, and b. a set of guidelines for online observations. The purpose of this exercise is exposure to online teaching and learning strategies; the goal is twofold: focused reflection on online teaching, with an emphasis on implications and strategies for your own online course design.

    Register for the STIR Institute.