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Conversations on Inclusive Teaching: Summer Series 2021
June 15, 2021

Overview

This series of conversations will support Caltech faculty and instructors who would like to implement and enhance inclusive and equitable practices in their teaching. Each conversation offers a short overview of a few key inclusive teaching topics or practices, with a brief overview of evidence and examples of use, and then engages participants in discussion about adapting and applying them in Caltech classes.

The series is offered via Zoom; Caltech faculty and instructors are welcome to participate in individual or multiple sessions.

Please sign up for the session(s) you would like to attend to receive the Zoom link.

Sessions:

Inclusive Teaching Through Active and Collaborative Learning
Wednesday, August 11, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PDT

Integrating components of active learning into lectures, along with more extended active and collaborative methods, has strong evidence for the potential to improve learning broadly and make learning outcomes more equitable specifically. In this conversation, find out what we have learned about these methods in higher education and discuss how you could implement them in your own courses.

Inclusive Teaching Through Transparency in Assignments and Course Design
Wednesday, August 18, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PDT

Articulating and sharing learning goals more explicitly, whether in the course overall or in specific assignments, can have a substantial impact on students' learning and sense of belonging. In this conversation, find out why transparency is such a powerful yet simple tool and discuss how you could incorporate this approach in your own courses.

Inclusive Teaching Through Equitable Grading and Feedback
Wednesday, August 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PDT

Feedback and grading are important aspects of learning, and they represent aspects of instruction that can enhance or hinder inclusion, diversity, and equity. In this conversation, find out about equitable practices that maintain high expectations and help students focus on learning, as well as how you could incorporate them into your own courses.

Inclusive Teaching Through Universal Design for Learning
Wednesday, September 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PDT

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach that helps instructors make their classes accessible and challenging for all students by incorporating multiple forms of engagement, representation, and expression. In this conversation, find out how UDL can helps reduce the need for formal disability accommodations and benefits learning generally, as well as how you could incorporate UDL into your own courses.