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.
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?
Here are some resources you may find helpful to prepare for this all-important day:
- Stanford University: https://teachingcommons.stanford.edu/resources/course-preparation-resources/course-preparation-handbook/preparing-first-class
- Vanderbilt University:
- Carnegie Mellon University:
- American University:
- The Chronicle of Higher Education:
- Inside Higher Ed:
- Your First-Day-of-Class Strategy:
If you’re unfamiliar with the technology in your classroom or just need a refresher, contact email@example.com to request a classroom orientation. We’ve got you.
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!