Inclusive Excellence

We are excited to share TWO opportunities for GVSU faculty to participate in some inclusive teaching/classroom training this Spring!  

 

  • The Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute is BACK in Spring/Summer 2020!  This Institute is specifically designed to provide Affiliate and Tenure-Track faculty with a transformative space to learn and strategize about inclusive excellence in teaching and learning.  The Institute will encourage an atmosphere of cultural humility through the examination of social identity and bias.  This three-day program is spread out over several Fridays in Spring/Summer 2020—May 15, 2020, May 29, 2020, and June 12, 2020.  Registration is OPEN NOW.  Register in Sprout!  For more information, read the Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute program description below.

Either of these opportunities would be a great way for faculty to explore inclusive strategies for teaching and learning.  We encourage you to register for whichever opportunity fits the best.

Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom: edX MOOC Course by Cornell University

About this course

U.S.-based and higher education-centered, this is a five-week, instructor-paced course that offers an inclusive teaching framework with multiple entry points for reflection and exploration of the research on learning and diversity. Anchored in the lived experiences of students and faculty, including yours, we invite you to explore strategies for inclusive course design, student-centered pedagogical practices, facilitating learning across difference, and change efforts that support student engagement, achievement, and belongingness. Come with a course of your own in mind, and design for inclusion as you make your way through Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom.

You will explore:

  • Your formative experience as a learner, teacher, and member of a discipline
  • Strategies and exercises helpful in communicating effectively, facilitating discussion, and modeling inclusivity when unexpected issues arise
  • Research, frameworks, and models that help us understand why and how diversity and inclusion matter in teaching and learning

 

To learn more, visit Cornell's edX Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom Course website/description The next session will run in early Spring 2020:  February 17—March 23.

Length: 5 Weeks
Effort: 2-4 hours per week
Price: FREE, Add a Verified Certificate for $49 USD
Institution: CornellX
Subject: Education & Teacher Training
Level: Introductory
Language: English
Video Transcript: English

What you'll learn

If you complete the course, successfully, you will be able to:

  • Use a framework for inclusive course design;
  • Reflect on the implications of social identities--both students' and instructors'--within the teaching and learning environment;
  • Identify evidence-based pedagogical strategies you would like to try;
  • Increase your confidence to model inclusivity and facilitate discussion when unexpected issues arise; and 
  • Assess your curriculum and discipline to identify historical patterns of exclusion and inclusion and discipline-specific approaches to thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute

Inclusive teaching involves a deliberate effort by faculty to create a learning environment that attends to and supports he needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning interests, and abilities. Inclusive pedagogical strategies shape the dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect individual's experiences in those spaces, and influence course and curriculum design. Inclusive teaching attends the range of identities in the classroom and helps all students feel equally valued.

The Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute is specifically designed to provide Affiliate and Tenure-Track faculty at all ranks with a transformative space to learn and strategize about inclusive excellence in teaching and learning. The Institute will encourage an atmosphere of cultural humility through the examination of social identity and bias. Motivational frameworks, barriers to learning for diverse student learners and proactive strategies will also be introduced. Essential pedagogical approaches that promote an inclusive classroom environment will be modeled and explored. Through pre-assigned readings, access to group Bb site, and facilitated discussions, participants will begin the process of transforming their courses/curriculum, units and colleges.

This three-day institute will take place over several Fridays in the Spring/Summer 2020 term—May 15, 2020, May 29, 2020 and June 12, 2020.

Registration is Open NOW.  Register in Sprout.

Important Dates

The Institute will be 9am–3pm each of the Fridays listed below

  • Friday, May 15, 2020
  • Friday, May 29, 2020
  • Friday, June 12, 2020

Registration deadline: May 1, 2020

Register in Sprout.


Inclusive Teaching Tips and Strategies

Inclusive teaching involves a deliberate effort by faculty to create a learning environment that attends to and supports the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning interests, and abilities. Inclusive pedagogical strategies shape the dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect an individual's experiences in those spaces, and influence course and curriculum design. Inclusive teaching attends the range of identities in the classroom and helps all students feel equally valued.

As you think ahead to next semester, here are a few questions to consider:

  • Does your syllabus portray an inclusive and welcoming learning environment?
  • Do you have a plan for getting to know students and fostering student-student interaction? 
  • Do your instructional strategies include basic Universal Design for Learning (UDL) concepts?
  • Do you have a plan for disseminating content in multiple ways such as printed text, images, audio and video vs just lecturing from slides?
  • Will you provide students with multiple ways to express their comprehension and mastery of topics vs just assigning lengthy exams and papers?
  • How do you plan to tap into students' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn?

Latest Addition of Print Communication "One Inclusive Thing"

ONE INCLUSIVE THING: 
Responding to Cultural Diversity in the Classroom at GVSU
2019, Issue 3

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Inclusive Focused Upcoming Events

Minds That Matter: Depression

January 29, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Minds that Matter Series- Teaching Strategies for Mental Health and Learning Issues in the Classroom This session will focus on students with Depression. College campuses across the United States...

UNLIKELY Roundtable: Ensuring Academic Success for Underrepresented Learners

February 4, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Unlikely Roundtables are a series of engaging dialogue, centered around themes related to serving adult learners. They provide an opportunity for people interested in a particular topic to come...

Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom

February 17, 2020 All Day

U.S.-based and higher education-centered, this is a five-week, instructor-paced course that offers an inclusive teaching framework with multiple entry points for reflection and exploration of the research...

Minds That Matter: Anxiety

February 19, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Minds that Matter Series- Teaching Strategies for Mental Health and Learning Issues in the Classroom This session will focus on students with Anxiety. College campuses across the United States...

UNLIKELY Roundtable: Building Community Lifelong Learning on Tap

March 5, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Unlikely Roundtables are a series of engaging dialogue, centered around themes related to serving adult learners. They provide an opportunity for people interested in a particular topic to come...

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