Inclusive Teaching is a FREE asynchronous professional development course that aims to deepen educators’ knowledge of inclusive teaching practices. The course was designed with undergraduate introductory life science educators in mind, but components of the course will resonate with educators in other contexts.
Classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse. Learners come from different backgrounds, race, gender, socioeconomic status, and cultural backgrounds. They have varying abilities, levels of formal education, and preparedness. Some struggle with neurodivergent learning abilities, others work while attending college full-time, and in recent years many adult learners have been returning to higher education. Educators are faced with these nuances and challenges of how to meet the needs of the growing diverse student body, independent of the type of institution (small, large, research-focused, learning focused, etc.) and classroom size. Applying inclusive teaching practices and techniques in the classroom can help educators reach all learners in a way that is particular to them.
About the Course
The course consists of six modules:
- Module 0, “Course Orientation,” includes information on reflective practice and sources of feedback to improve teaching practices and introduces the action plan. This plan enables educators to track progress on an area of focus for improvement in their teaching.
- Module 1, “Self,” encourages interrogation of self and systems to better understand how these factors affect learners’ educational experience.
- Module 2, “Empathy,” introduces the role of empathy, motivation, and sense of belonging and provides insights into relevant practices that educators can incorporate into their teaching.
- Module 3, “Classroom Climate,” discusses how an educator’s position of power and use of physical and verbal expressions set the climate for the course. The module includes practical ways to improve classroom dialogue between the educator and learner and learner-to-learner interactions.
- Module 4, “Teaching and Learning,” provides practical strategies and assessment practices to improve learner sense of belonging, equitable teaching practices, and learner outcomes.
- Module 5, “Networks and Structures,” returns to the educator, or self, and focuses on support structures at the institutional level and beyond. We recognize that teaching is hard, and having support structures improves the experience for both the educator and the learner.
Sign up at https://www.biointeractive.org/professional-learning/online-courses/inclusive-teaching.
Woo hoo! This year, Fall Academy will take place from Monday, August 22 through Friday, September 2.
ITS Academic Technologies and the Harte Center for Teaching and Learning, in coordination with the Provost’s Office, Office of the Dean, and other offices, have curated a variety of panel discussions, pedagogy workshops, technology tutorials, information sessions, guest speakers, specifically designed to support your success as a teacher, scholar, and mentor at W&L.
Please visit go.wlu.edu/fallacademy to see the full schedule and to register for sessions that interest you. There’s something for EVERYONE — all W&L staff and faculty are invited and encouraged to attend.
P.S. If you’re interested in any catered sessions, registration will close 7 days prior to the session in order to give Dining Services an accurate headcount. Please sign up as soon possible once you know you’re able to attend. Thank you.
P.P.S.S. If you’re a presenter at a session that is being catered, PLEASE register if you’d care to dine. Thank you again.
W&L is committed to supporting faculty members with all levels of experience in reaching their full potential as educators, scholars, and mentors.
Winter Academy offers learning opportunities for all staff and faculty to enhance their teaching, scholarship, and service in a collaborative and thought-provoking environment.
Whether you’re seeking new ways to better support students, deepen your familiarity with University resources, or take your scholarship to the next level, there’s a session for everyone. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.
Sign up now at go.wlu.edu/winteracademy. Please note that registration for all catered sessions will close FIVE (5) business days before the session so that we can provide an accurate headcount to Dining Services. Kindly register for sessions as soon as you know you are able to attend. Thank you!
We are accepting session proposals for Winter Academy, which will be Monday, December 13 through Thursday, December 16.
If you would like to offer a session, please complete the form below. We will do our best to honor requests in the order in which they are submitted.
Questions? Contact Julie Knudson (firstname.lastname@example.org, x8125) or Helen MacDermott (email@example.com, x4561). Thank you!
Sign up for Fall Academy at go.wlu.edu/fallacademy. There’s something for EVERYONE. Don’t miss out on FREE staff/faculty development.
Fall Academy is two fabulous weeks — Monday, August 23 through Friday, September 3 — 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 Harte Center, University Registrar, Dean of the College, Office of the Provost, and other offices.
NOTE: If you’re interested in any breakfast or lunch sessions, registration will close 5 business days prior to the session in order to give Dining Services an accurate headcount. Kindly register as soon as you know you are able to attend.
An online learning resource for the W&L community
With W&L’s campus subscription to LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com), current faculty, staff, and students have unlimited access to a vast online library of thousands of video tutorials at no cost.
LinkedIn Learning is an award-winning virtual training resource with a digital library of over 16,000 courses covering a wide range of technical, business, software and creative topics. These expert-led courses are designed to refine and develop professional skills, teach new software, and explore other areas for those exploring career growth and personal development.
LinkedIn Learning courses are self-paced, so you’re able to learn and develop in-demand skills to achieve both personal and professional goals when it suits you. Courses range from less than five minutes to several hours long and can be accessed on any electronic device, anywhere.
Watch a 3 minute video to answer a quick question, gain skills or knowledge through a short course, or pursue a learning path of several courses for deeper growth at https://go.wlu.edu/learn.
Need help with LinkedIn Learning? Contact the ITS Information Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org ,call 540.458.4357 (HELP), or stop by the the Main Level of Leyburn Library.