WHAT CAN INCLUSIVE TEACHING LOOK LIKE?

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Creating Environments that Maximize the Potential of Our Learners.

Inclusive teaching is intentional instruction that focuses on designing welcoming and equitable learning for diverse learners. When a learning environment is inclusive, students feel as if they matter and that the courses were built with them in mind.

This project visualizes several inclusive teaching practices of instructors at the post-secondary level. The inclusivity strategies featured are based off of actual classroom observations of instructors who implement inclusive teaching approaches, in addition to research supporting inclusion. The vignettes are not designed to be exhaustive of all inclusive teaching strategies; the goal is to demonstrate several examples that are observable in classroom settings. To visualize the inclusive practices, trained actors play the roles of professors.

View the vignettes through the links below or the menu bar to identify inclusive teaching behaviors for professional development initiatives, or to reflect on your own teaching practices. Access the How to Use the Site area on the menu bar to find recommendations for using the site.

Inclusive teaching starts with mindset

An inclusive instructor’s attitudes and intentions toward creating welcoming and equitable learning environments aligns with their actions. Espousing the belief that inclusive teaching is a core component of excellent instruction is a critical early step that can lead to the implementation of such practices after a commitment is made and actions are taken.

Inclusive teaching takes many forms

There is no silver bullet for building a more inclusive environment but there are a number of practices that can lead to such outcomes. Context matters. Inclusive instructors consider who is in their class and other situational factors to choose the strategies that are the most promising. The inclusive teaching strategies illustrated though this project are supported by research.

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