Category: Inclusive Teaching & Learning

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Strategies for Embracing Culturally Responsive Teaching

September 2, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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“Being culturally responsive is a critical and necessary feature of our interactions with one another. It is also vitally important in the context of education,” writes educators Meena Singhal and Sudeepa Gulati in a recent Faculty Focus post. Culturally responsive teaching “empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, […]

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ACUE releases ‘Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit’

July 15, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) has released an “Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit.” This set of free resources includes videos and downloadable planning guides that can benefit faculty and their students. The practices are tailored for online teaching but are also relevant to the physical classroom. You can access the toolkit here.

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Ways to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive

July 23, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Besides teaching content and skills in your discipline, your role is to help students learn. And not just some students,” write Viji Sathy, Ph.D., teaching associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and an administrator in the office of undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Kelly A. Hogan, Ph.D., associate dean of […]

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Students’ Perspective on Inclusive Teaching

June 10, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Students can offer good perspective on inclusive teaching, which involves creating welcoming educational environments for diverse learners. Ayat Husseini and Anna DeVault, two undergraduates who co-authored a recent pedagogical article with faculty (Cook-Sather et al. 2014; Cook-Sather and Felten 2017) offer their perspective on inclusive teaching in a recent Faculty Focus story. “One of the […]

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Tips for Creating a Supportive Classroom

April 2, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Twenty percent of college students nationwide report ““symptoms indicative of clinical or subclinical PTSD,” according to a 2008 study, “Prevalence, Type, Disclosure, and Severity of Adverse Life Events in College Students” (Smyth et al., 2008) cited in a recent Faculty Focus article. The study points to the need for faculty to be cognizant of challenges […]

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How to Prep for a Course You’ve Never Taught

March 27, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Professors, especially junior professors, sometimes get asked to teach a class that is outside their area of expertise. Faculty can prepare themselves to teach theses courses by asking and answering a series of questions, an anonymous assistant professor working toward tenures, “Junior Prof,” writes in a recent blog post on Inside Higher Ed. The question […]

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How to Make Classrooms Inclusive of First-Generation College Students

March 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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First-generation college students comprise about a third of new students at two-year and four-year institutions, according to a recent study by Toutkoushian, Stollberg, and Slaton (2018) cited in a blog post on The Scholarly Teacher. These students often begin their higher education without a mentor or a family member who can offer guidance and support, leaving […]

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Tips for Creating Inclusive Lab Environments

January 31, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Diversity without inclusion is an empty gesture,” writes David Asai, senior director for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, in a recent Nature article. In the op-ed, Asai writes about his own experience as a faculty member learning how to create more inclusive lab environments. Earlier in his career, Asai reluctantly attended a required […]

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Designing Pedagogical Approaches for Today’s Student

December 14, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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“As educators, we need to lead the way and design our pedagogical approaches for the students we have, not the students we wish we had,” writes Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice and professor of higher-education policy and sociology at Temple University, and Jesse Stommel, executive director of the […]

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