CETL Weekly – Inclusive Practices

September 18, 2017

I believe that to make genuine strides towards increased inclusion you must find partners.  None of us can do this work on our own. – Lisa Friedman

Hello.  For many years, I’ve looked forward to the mindset list from Beloit College. This list identifies common experiences for students entering their freshman year and graduating in 2021 (see https://www.beloit.edu/mindset/). Certainly, it’s an eye-opener and each year I seem to be a little farther distant from the “reality” of these traditional-aged students.  At different conferences, I’ve heard this list used as a common foundation to understanding students. Yet the list leaves out a lot – the unique perspectives students bring, based on their lived experiences in their families, communities, and larger societies.

Related to our Yellowjacket theme this month, Jumpstart, is the concept of inclusion. How do we understand and value the perspectives of each student on/in our campus (both face-to-face and online). Building community is an early part.  Earlier this month, I shared ideas about learning about students and promoting engagement, including aspects of collaborative learning.

Inclusion comes through thoughtful, deliberate conversations with ourselves and one another about course content, messages, intention, and other aspects. Moore, Brantmeier, and Broscheid completed scholarship of teaching and learning research to help instructors examine their courses.  In their research, three themes or areas emerged: inclusion and course content, text (i.e. frame and tone), and sub-text (i.e. implied assumptions). Ideas for each are shared at https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/course-design-ideas/inclusion-by-design-tool-helps-faculty-examine-teaching-practices/ andhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0ulz5eHbyjYdmY0eF9ablRRcHM/view. While their research focuses on syllabi, it can be applied to marketing materials and handbooks as well.

  • This Thursday (9/21) from 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m., Jerel Benton, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity will help us consider concrete strategies for inclusion in “Facilitating an Inclusive Classroom”. He will share ideas on course content and how to utilize multiple perspectives; ways in which to broaden our perspectives on students and check assumptions; and foster conversation about next steps. We’ll be using Zoom in this session!  If you are off-campus, consider joining us via this web-conferencing technology. Light refreshments will be served.

Here’s our unabashed marketing for Zoom – we love using it in CETL: The CETL in collaboration with Technology Services has configured a media cart ready for Zoom with all needed equipment. The cart is capable of serving a variety of media communication needs including Zoom web-conferencing, web-casting, and even lecture capture. The cart is stationed in the CETL Office Suites and can be set up to be used in the CETL conference room with several different configurations depending on your intended use and the size of the group participating.

  • For more information, please contact Del Wright in CETL OR attend Del’s session on Lecture Capture next Thursday (9/28) from noon – 12:50 p.m. in Swenson 2005.

Coming up next week:
We have two collaborative learning groups meeting the week of September 25.

  • The Well-being Community of Practice meets Wednesday, September 27 from noon – 12:50 p.m. Our first meeting’s topic is Mind full or Mindful. Mindfulness is maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Come learn how to experience a variety of mindfulness research-backed impacts, including reduction in stress, improvements in job satisfaction, emotional regulation, and focus. Randy Barker and Mimi Rappley-Larson will facilitate our learning and conversation.
  • Faculty and staff interested in advancing undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity (URSCA) both in the classroom and beyond are invited to attend the first meeting of the URSCA Peer Network on Thursday, September 28 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the CETL conference room. This meeting will focus on sharing experiences and challenges, and participants will provide input to develop a list of topics for future meetings. Whether you are an experienced mentor or looking for tools and resources to get started, the Peer Network will have something to offer. For more information, please contact co-facilitators Julie O’Leary and Cheong Soon Gan.

Please note that the Green Zone training on 9/27 has been postponed until November 7.

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