College classrooms are one of the few places in an increasingly polarized world where students have to engage with different perspectives over time. This learning environment can be an opportunity for transformative learning experiences, directly correlated with motivation, engagement and achievement (Zumbrunn et al. 2014). Many teachers, however, feel underprepared to foster meaningful discourse or support a diverse student body. Inclusive teaching describes the range of approaches to teaching that creates a learning environment where all students feel valued and have equal access to learning. This endorsement will allow you to explore issues and tools for creating inclusive learning environments.
- Define inclusive teaching.
- Discuss research on ways effective inclusive teaching strategies impact learning.
- Practice identifying opportunities and proactive measures for inclusive learning environments.
- Identify challenges and supports to inclusion within current courses.
- Plan specific inclusive strategies to apply in your own teaching this term.
Participants will select and complete at least six experiences (about 9-12 hours) that have been identified as assisting teachers in meeting the outcomes of this endorsement. The experiences are either singular events, event series, online trainings or an individual consultation with a UITL staff person. Events in this endorsement are usually open to the entire University, but some may be designed for specific departments or regional campuses. All participants must write and submit a written reflection to receive the endorsement.
Dissemination and Sharing (optional)
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to share what they learned while attending experiences for the endorsement. This can happen either through a video or written reflection (which could be the same as the reflection required for the endorsement). Participants can share anonymously if they choose. The reflection will be shared on the Inclusive Teaching web resource, where Ohio State teachers share strategies and ideas on creating inclusive learning environments. Visit Inclusive Teaching @ Ohio State to see the web resource.