Equity and Inclusion

Discussion of issues related to equity and inclusion in instruction on campus

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During remote instruction, equity and inclusion in course design and teaching are key to success for all students. The four core elements below will help you to increase student persistence, retention, and satisfaction. Start with any of the four, based on your own needs and situation.


Relationship - Students’ sense of belongingness—that they feel like they can succeed as scholars in our disciplines—is key to their academic success. You can support remote students by creating an intentional social presence.


Access - For remote learning, our students still need access to our course materials—and they also need access to one another, to their instructors, to support services, and to the wider world. Learn how to design your content and interactions to reach remote students.


Design - Our remote students should enjoy freedom from biases or assumptions that negatively affect their motivations, opportunities, and accomplishments. We have a collective duty to be proactive in addressing achievement gaps, challenges, and barriers that affect student success. Learn how to apply Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to lower barriers and increase remote-student engagement. 


Pedagogy - Our remote students aren’t yet experts at how to “be” remote students, just like we’re not yet experts at how to “be” remote instructors. Learn concrete tips for how to approach new-to-us interactions and ways of teaching and learning with support, compassion, and inclusivity—while maintaining the rigor of your discipline.