How to create a more equitable classroom and improve learning for all

Teaching inclusively requires faculty to reflect intentionally on the decisions they make in their course that affect who is not being included or heard. Our goal is to have the faculty we work with embrace the idea that the inherent diversity of their students is not a problem, and acknowledge that a lack of structure in both course design and classroom environment hurts students unequally. We then provide some practical, easy-to-use tools to empower faculty to make their courses more inclusive.
 
— Viji Sathy and Kelly Hogan
 
Viji Sathy and Kelly HoganKelly Hogan and Viji Sathy are both award winning instructors with a combined 25+ years in the classroom at the University of North Carolina. They are passionate about student success, equity, and inclusion in the classroom. They have expertise on inclusive techniques and active learning in any size crowd, because both teach courses routinely with hundreds of students. On their campus, they lead innovative classroom and diversity administrative initiatives that benefit all students, faculty, and staff. Both are leading the campus in curriculum reforms, bringing course-based undergraduate research experiences and makerspace courses to all disciplines. 
 
Did you know Drs. Sathy and Hogan will be speaking at Fall Academy? This is a great opportunity to reflect on inequities and diversity in your classroom through interactive, hands-on activities. After providing a framework for inclusive design and their own research results, participants will be led through active learning exercises and case studies that explore inclusive techniques.
 
Sign up for “Leveraging Technology to Cultivate an Inclusive Classroom” on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM in Hillel 101 at go.wlu.edu/fallacademy.
 
 

There’s only ONE first day of class …

The first day of class is a once-in-a-semester opportunity to, well, set the stage for a great semester!

So what’s on your agenda?

Do you plan to create an open friendly classroom environment? Hope to handle administrative matters? Set course expectations and standards?group of hands giving the "thumbs up" gesture

Here are some resources you may find helpful to prepare for this all-important day:

If you’re unfamiliar with the technology in your classroom or just need a refresher, contact help@wlu.edu to request a classroom orientation. We’ve got you.

Registration for Fall Academy 2019 is now OPEN!

Fall Academy is two weeks — Monday, August 19 through Friday, August 30 — of technology instruction, pedagogy discussions, guest speakers, hands-on workshops, panels, and other information sessions for new and returning faculty and staff, offered in coordination with the University Registrar, Dean of the College, Office of the Provost, and other offices.

NEW for 2019: Inclusivity Day!

The first Friday of Fall Academy (August 23) will offer four very special sessions, all in Hillel House 101, including:

  • Inclusive Teaching and Mentoring, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM;
  • Leveraging Technology to Cultivate an Inclusive Classroom, 12:00 – 1:30 PM;
  • Applied Inclusive Pedagogy: A Practical Guide, 2:00 – 3:00 PM; and
  • Disability, Diversity and Inclusivity: Pedagogy in Higher Education, 3:15 – 4:15 PM.

Sign up now at go.wlu.edu/fallacademy!