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Inclusive Teaching

Explore best pedagogical practices to create an inclusive & accessible learning environment that centers students’ experiences.

Inclusive Teaching Resources
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Implementing principles of Universal Design for Learning

Following the principles of Universal Design for Learning(opens in new window):

  1. Provide multiple means of engagement: Create activities that encourage self-reflection and identification of personal goals, create opportunities for students to self-check their learning, create opportunities for collaborative work. 
  2. Provide multiple means of  representation: Present information in various formats (written text, visual forms, audio files, diagrams, etc.), embed cross-curricular connections, identify ways to tap into students’ knowledge and experiences.
  3. Provide multiple means of action and expression: Provide alternative methods for students to demonstrate knowledge and learning, use technology and interactive tools, allow students to solve problems using a variety of strategies.

Teaching Guide: Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Podcast: Universal Design for Learning(opens in new window)

Making my course (more) accessible
  1. Familiarize yourself with main  issues related to accessibility (lacking alt text for images, missing headings in word or PDF documents).
  2. Run the Ally Course Accessibility Report(opens in new window) in Canvas and address content with the easiest issues to fix.
  3. File a ticket with ATEC(opens in new window) for remediating more complex content.
  4. Consider access and accessibility in broader terms than disability and ADA compliance (students living in rural areas with low internet bandwidth, the cost of third-party software, etc.).

Teaching Guide:Access and Accessibility

Accessible Course Materials – Technology & Learning Program

Accessibility Resource Center (ARC).

Policy for the Use of Digital Technologies in Teaching and Learning.

Diversifying course materials and assignments
  1. Diversify your course materials, including a variety of formats: written texts, media content, visual representations, audio files, etc.
  2. Diversify the perspectives you present in the course beyond canonical work.
  3. Add work and readings from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ authors.
  4. Diversify assignments and assessments to allow students to demonstrate learning in different ways and styles.

Teaching Guide: Podcasting for Teaching and Learning

Podcasting for Teaching and Learning (Google Slide) 

Teaching Guide: Black Lives Matter in the Classroom

Teaching Guide: Diversifying Course Content

Establishing inclusive class norms and rules of engagement.
  1. Question your own positionality and authoritative role as an instructor.
  2. Identify potential power dynamics in the class and consider ways to address those dynamics. 
  3. Invite students to participate in establishing class norms to create a more inclusive environment, including during difficult conversations.

Teaching Guide: Self-Awareness and Positionality

Teaching Guide: Classroom Climate & Environment
Implementing culturally sustaining pedagogy.
  1. Incorporate surveys, discussions,  and/or activities that can help you better understand your students’ social and cultural backgrounds.
  2. Build relationships and encourage students to share their cultural heritage and capital in the learning process.
  3. Assess your teaching practices to determine whether or not they are culturally inclusive.
  4. Consider the ways in which many students must learn how to navigate academia for the first time (hidden curriculum(opens in new window)): learning about academic and cultural expectations, being exposed to institutional rules and structures, adapting to different learning strategies.

Teaching Guide: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Teaching Guide: Creating Anti-Racist Classrooms