Fostering Inclusive Communities for Learning
Fostering Inclusive Communities for Learning helps instructors strategize ways to build an environment where a wide range of students feel safe, respected, and comfortable enough to collaborate and learn. Participants will develop tools for communicating effectively with students and facilitating positive interactions among members of their class.
At the end of this training, learners will be able to
- Establish course policies that encourage inclusivity and respect and communicate those intentions to students
- Develop strategies to make students feel safer, more comfortable, and more respected in learning environments
- Understand how to encourage and respond to student feedback
From making trans students feel safer on the first day of class to handling inappropriate behavior from a student, the modules in this training give concrete and actionable advice. Instructors will learn how to avoid common pitfalls that might make a student feel disrespected and impede learning. The course will also cover methods for organizing group work to encourage collaboration among students with different backgrounds and personalities.
Throughout the training, participants will brainstorm changes they can make to their classroom management practice. These will culminate in a capstone project that will allow each learner to choose one aspect of their course to revise. Everyone who completes the course will immediately be able to implement one aspect of the training and will leave with a plan for other possible revisions to their teaching.
This is intended to be the second training in a three-part series designed for participants to earn the Teaching for Inclusivity and Accessibility certificate of completion. Successful completion of all training requirements earns participants an open badge. This includes a course description and the criteria required to receive the badge.