Description

The 2016 Institute on Inclusive Teaching, organized by the Inclusive Institute Planning Committee in partnership with University College and Online Learning, the Division for Inclusive Excellence, the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, and the School of Education, will be held from Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27, 2016.

A major goal of the Institute on Inclusive Teaching is to expose VCU faculty members, staff members, and graduate students to a range of opportunities, strategies, and techniques for addressing the inclusiveness of their courses, curricula, programs, and services.

Moving towards inclusivity includes reflecting on ideas and assumptions, and becoming aware of differences in order to gain insight and transform our practices. Inclusive teaching can thus be viewed as encompassing issues of access to educational opportunities; student involvement in academic work as well as personal and professional growth; student retention and success; and classroom and institutional climate.

 

What can a participant expect?

  • An intensive week-long engaging experience where participants and facilitators together uncover strategies for becoming more inclusive teachers, learners, and leaders at VCU.
  • A sustained, year-long process of design, application, assessment and discussion of these strategies with the mutual understanding that we need to share our insights with our colleagues, with our departments/units, and with the campus community.
  • An opportunity to contribute to institutional goals associated with Theme I of the VCU Quest for Distinction (2011-2017), to “become a leader among national research universities in providing all students with high quality learning/living experiences focused on inquiry, discovery, and innovation in a global environment.”
  • An opportunity to work with the Academic Learning Transformation Lab (ALT Lab) in an ongoing way to develop assignments, curriculum, and/or courses to further efforts to make VCU a more inclusive place for all learners. Please contact Enoch Hale (ehale2@vcu.edu) to explore these possibilities.

The May 2016 Institute will feature daily meals from local and minority-owned businesses (TBA). In keeping with our respect for diverse dietary needs, we would like to create inclusive menus for institute participants – please be sure to note dietary restrictions on the application form.

 

Anticipated outcomes

The Institute on Inclusive Teaching provides an intensive, sustained environment for VCU faculty, staff, and graduate students to

  • Reflect upon aspects of knowledge production, methods of discourse, and learning in their disciplines;
  • Acknowledge multiple and intersecting dimensions of their students’ and colleagues’ identities and the rich opportunities for learning that these afford;
  • Align one or more of their upcoming courses with diversity-related learning outcomes in their disciplines;
  • Transform course content, structure, classroom dynamics and climate, and/or teaching methods to address the learning needs and life experiences of a diverse population of students;
  • Design systems for documenting course- or curriculum-level changes and student success within their course(s) or curricular program(s);
  • Develop skills to become effective leaders for curricular change in their own units by anticipating barriers and navigating unexpected challenges to enrichment.