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Bring Your Best Idea: Inclusive Teaching √ §

How do you create a maximally inclusive class environment?

Monday, September 10, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Engineering : 102
Course climate encompasses such elements as the nature and quality of student-faculty and student-student interaction, the tone instructors set, course demographics, and the range of voices and perspectives represented in the content and materials. Such climate-related factors have been shown to affect—positively or negatively—students’ learning, as well as their overall experience in a course. What sorts of classroom practices have you adopted to create a maximally inclusive environment for students? What approaches have you tried for mitigating students’ loss of cognitive or emotional “bandwidth” or to avoid triggering stereotype threat? Can you share an intervention you’ve tried that promotes a growth mindset in students and/or improves their sense of self-efficacy? How do you write your syllabus or conduct your first few days of class to establish a welcoming environment and help students to perceive you as approachable? What sorts of ground rules do you set for discussions and classroom interaction to ensure that it is civil, constructive, and motivating to all students?

For Bring Your Best Idea sessions, we (locally) crowdsource answers to questions such as these. Please bring your best ideas for inclusive teaching to this lively, collaborative, and fast-paced sharing session. At the beginning of the session, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the theme and write a brief description of a problem or a strategy related to the theme. Anyone who has an idea to share with the whole group will have two minutes to describe it. No slides please, though a one-page handout to pass around is welcome. After 20-30 minutes of sharing ideas, we’ll shift to Q&A and discussion. Whether or not you bring an idea to share, you’ll leave this session with new food for thought and several new ideas you might try in your own course.

Lunch will be provided to all registered participants, please click “I Can Attend” below to reserve your seat for this session. Please email fdc@umbc.edu to note any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, food allergies, etc.) by Monday, September 3.  The deadline to register for this event is the earlier of Monday, September 3 or when the event reaches capacity.  Please email fdc@umbc.edu to be added to a wait list if the event is full.  If you have registered and find that you can no longer attend, please kindly release your spot so that others may attend.

√ Counts toward ALIT Certificate
§ Counts towards INNOVATE Certificate