The Trefny Innovative Instruction (I2) Center is an extension of the Provost’s office (Academic Affairs) focused on leading efforts that promote research-based teaching and learning at Mines. The Center provides leadership, consultation, resources, and programs to achieve the following 6 areas of our mission:

University Level Leadership

Communicate and collaborate with colleagues to support university-wide activities, institutional infrastructure, resources, and policies aimed at supporting excellence in teaching, learning, and the student experience.


Engage in efforts to stay informed in effective, research-based STEM teaching and learning practices across all modalities and contribute to that body of knowledge.


Design, deliver, and promote learning opportunities that are supportive of all students, focused on learning, intentionally designed, and reflective.


Nurture a culture of equity, risk-taking, dialogue, and reflection both within and outside of coursework, fostering a vibrant learning community.


Support instructors, programs, and the university in collecting, analyzing, and acting on data for continuous improvement.


Ensure that the Center is viewed and supported as a valuable asset to campus and internally managed to allow the achievement of our goals, as well as to provide space and time for reflection, learning, and new initiatives. 

Continuous Improvement through Engineering Learning

By continuous improvement, we mean an iterative process that builds on current practices. Continuous improvement is not a deficit model (assuming practices need to be fixed). Instead, it presumes we can and should strive to enhance all aspects of our work.

Continuous improvement utilizes data to understand questions such as what is working, what could be better, or what should we continue?

The cycle begins by using data to identify areas of critical need or areas that could be enhanced. Then a plan is put into place to study what others have reported related to the area. Based on findings from the study, an plan/design is constructed to address the need, enacted, and studied. The last stage in the cycle is to collaborate with others to share, learn, and further refine the work. Based on the outcomes at this stage, one might continue to focus on the same area and begin the cycle again, or identify a new area of focus.