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.
 
 

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!

Help Us Create the Fall Academy Schedule!

cover of Fall Academy scheduleFall Academy 2019 will take place from Monday, August 19th to Friday, August 30th.

If you would like to offer a session, please let us know the following information:

  • Title
  • Description
  • Presenter(s)
  • Duration
  • Format (panel session, information session, guest speaker, workshop, etc.)
  • If you would like a breakfast or luncheon session (or to offer coffee and cookies/pastries), please let us know if you have funding.
  • Preferred days, times — we’ll try to accommodate, but some mandatory sessions and sessions that are already booked might prevent this — and locations.

Questions? Contact Julie Knudson (jmknudson@wlu.edu, 540.458.8125) or Helen MacDermott (hmacdermott@wlu.edu,540.458.4561). Thank you!

Sign up for the Spring Term Festival!

Sign up for the Spring Term Festival!
Four weeks. One class. Your undivided attention. In the lab, in the field, on the road, around the world. Come and celebrate with us!

The festival is free and all are invited. Refreshments will be provided.

We’re excited that you want to celebrate the work of your students who have been exploring the depth and breadth of a single course for an intense four weeks! Please sign up for the Spring Term Festival  to tell us what you’ll need to be able to showcase your students’ work. The more information you can provide, the better.

We will do our very best to honor all requests. Please keep in mind that we will honor requests in the order in which they are submitted. Thank you!

Spring Term Festival is Upon Us!

As Spring Term comes to a close, things are heating up at Leyburn Library.  We are gearing up for the Spring Festival, Friday, May 19th from noon to 2 pm.  Faculty and students alike have been actively engaged in learning this term and are excited to share their knowledge with you.  

Spring term is known for its in-depth immersion into a narrow topic that allows students to delve deep, and dedicate four weeks of their spring to becoming subject matter experts.  Some exhibits are student lead–check out their interactive exploration of the refugee crisis from W&L students’ first hand experiences working with refugees in Germany and Greece last summer.  Others are sharing their experiences through student-made movies, posters displaying their foray into science topics, their recreation of theater’s special effects, and virtual reality displays that allows you to experience a few moments of their term.

Join us for this exciting display of student learning on Friday, May 19th, at the the courtyards surrounding Leyburn Library and on Leyburn library’s main floor.  Then stop by the back side of Wilson Hall at 3:30 pm and watch the Dance 390 students put on an amazing aerial dance performance!

Winter Academy 2016

Academy Workshop on Digital Storytelling Fall 2015
Academy Workshop on Digital Storytelling Fall 2015

Winter Academy 2016 begins on Monday, December 12 and runs through Friday, December 16.

Sessions include a workshop on Virtual Reality in the IQ Center; a discussion of the Honor System led by members of the student Executive Committee; a panel session of the Mellon Summer Digital Humanities Research Grant awardees; technology sessions on Excel, Box, Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator and much, much more.

The schedule and registration for Winter Academy are available at: http://go.wlu.edu/WinterAcademy. We look forward to seeing you there!