Inclusive pedagogy refers to the ways in which courses, classroom activities, curricula, and assessment are designed and delivered to engage all students in learning that is meaningful, relevant and accessible.  It embraces a view of the individual and individual differences as sources of diversity that can enrich the lives and learning of others. (Hockings, 2010) 

Through synchronous video-based workshops, an asynchronous course, consultations, digital resources, and a course on Critical Pedagogy, we support the University of Chicago’s faculty, instructors, postdocs, and graduate students in their knowledge acquisition, skill development, and practice of inclusive pedagogy.  

During interactive workshops, participants will consider how inclusion enhances learning, experience some strategies, share their approaches, and leave with resources.  Careful attention is paid to addressing the needs around remote teaching, COVID19, and racial and social upheaval.  Graduate students, postdocs, instructors, and faculty are invited.   

Over the course of the quarter, various workshops are available or can be requested.  Refer to our upcoming events page to register for workshops.  Please contact Cheryl Richardson, Associate Director for Inclusive Teaching Initiatives in the Chicago Center for Teaching at richardsonc@uchicago.edu (richardsonc@uchicago.edu) to request one for your unit.  Options may include: 

1. Principles of inclusive pedagogy:  This introductory workshop provides an overview of inclusive principles.  Concrete strategies for the remote environment are discussed and demonstrated.

2. Exploring implicit biases in the classroom:  Through presentation and discussion, participants focus on how implicit biases influence student learning in face-to-face and remote environments.  They also explore ways to mitigate harmful impacts.

3. Mitigating stereotype threat and fostering a growth mindset:  Participants in this seminar closely examine two methods for mitigating negative impacts associated with minoritzed student experiences. 

 4. Facilitating challenging classroom conversations:  This workshop introduces strategies and tools for facilitating conversations around difficult topics that can enhance or derail a learning moment.  Approaches for addressing offensive interactions also are discussed. 

 5. Designing courses for accessibility:  This workshop introduces strategies for implementing universal design for learning in a digital and face-to-face environment.  UDL provides methods aimed at increasing content accessibility for and student engagement among students.    

6. Specialized topics include the following, non-exhaustive, list:  Facilitating inclusive group work, anti-racist pedagogy, trauma informed teaching.

*Hockings, C. (April 2010) Inclusive Learning and Teaching in Higher Education:  A Synthesis of Research. Report for Higher Education Academy.