Curated Professional Development from Academic Impressions

Thursday, January 13, 2022

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To advance DSI's mission of providing UNT faculty with innovative instructional expertise, the faculty development specialists in DSI CLEAR have reviewed and curated resources for you. We invite you to spend an hour refreshing your inclusive instruction skills.

First, visit this website and log in to Academic Impressions using your institutional credentials. Next, you will be able to follow the hyperlinked time stamps below to jump right into the content and start learning.

Removing Barriers to Student Learning: Inclusive Syllabi and Assignments

In this recorded session, Dr. Rita Kumar demonstrates the ways in which inclusive classrooms begin with the syllabus. You will walk away with strategies for breaking through the hidden curriculum to create an inclusive classroom environment for all students. The first point of contact with faculty, syllabi can impact a student's experience in a course and relationship with the faculty member and other students.

Kumar provides principles and practices for creating inclusive syllabi and for designing inclusive assignments and assessments. Additional resources can also be found inside the platform under the video. For quick access, select the hyperlinks and move forward to the time stamp for the topics you would like to explore.

Inclusive Syllabus

  • Foundational concepts for creating an inclusive curriculum 7:20
  • Key principles of inclusive syllabus design 9:43
  • Learner centered vs. content focused syllabi 11:09
  • Broad-based vs. narrow focus syllabi 12:51
  • Using UDL for syllabus design 14:20 and a link to an example
  • Inclusive syllabus language and tone 16:36
  • Supportive vs. punitive policies 21:22

Inclusive Assignments & Assessments

  • Principles for designing inclusive assessment 3:15
  • Inclusive assessment practices 10:30

An Intersectional Approach to Supporting Neurodiverse Learners Online

This informative session is led by Dr. Gloria Niles, expert in neurology and Director of Distance Education at the University of Hawaii. Niles provides an introduction to neurodiversity, case studies of neurodiverse college students, and strategies for creating learning environments accessible to neurodiverse students.

You will learn how to increase student agency in the higher education classroom that helps learners find the best way to demonstrate understanding. For quick access, select the hyperlinks and move forward to the time stamp for the topics you would like to explore.

Intersectionality and Your Social Wheel

  • Equity Leadership Stance Framework: See/Engage/Act 10:25

Models of Disability: Approaches to Human Differences

  • Three models of disability: Medical/Social/Cultural 5:37

Neurodiversity Paradigm 2:06

Learner case studies :20

Practice and Action in the Classroom

  • Supporting diverse learners with the UDL framework 3:44
  • Group work with neurodivergent students 15:45

Understanding and Interrupting Privileged Classroom Practices

In this recorded session, Dr. Amer F. Ahmed shares strategies for crafting an inclusive, intercultural classroom environment. Ahmed begins with an overview of the values and skills often found in academic settings. Next, he introduces new intercultural competencies to build a foundation for inclusive instruction.

Integral to an intercultural learning environment is creating a space where students can have difficult dialogues. You will walk away from this session with tools for managing difficult dialogues when they happen in class. For quick access, select the hyperlinks and move forward to the time stamp for the topics you would like to explore.

Building Intercultural Competence

  • Core competencies of intercultural competence 14:59

Where Are You From?

  • Inclusive teaching is intentional teaching 9:24
  • Why students reject being centered in online discussion boards 15:57
  • New cultural agreements for the inclusive classroom 20:55
  • Factors that affect classroom climate 42:33
  • Teaching ideas for building relationships and engagement 1:01:59
  • Step-by-step guide for managing difficult dialogues 1:06:53