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Inclusive Teaching

Strategies for Faculty

Inclusive teaching refers to the fundamental shift in the existing pedagogy that centers around the needs of all students, regardless of backgrounds or identities, and focuses on supporting their engagement with coursework.

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Generating Captions in Studio

 Studio, inside of Canvas, is capable of automatically generating captions and transcripts for use in videos and audios that are uploaded. This is a great solution for people who learn better via reading or might have a hearing impairment.

Consider applying multimedia to your presentation via YouTube and click [CC] on videos that have closed captions. 

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Step-By-Step Guide

Visual Aids

Often times visual aids in the classroom (like PowerPoints) depict dominant narratives (male/cisgender/able-bodied/white) and provide an easy space to demonstrate representation. Consider adding more diverse images (e.g. traditionally marginalized student populations) to your PowerPoints is an easy way to show inclusion! 

Consider PAUSING and thinking of your own implicit biases. This is a powerful first step to addressing perceptions in the classroom. 

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Interactive Technologies

Participation is a way to break up the monotony of a lecture (which is great when dealing with a limited attention span). Asking students for examples of concepts get them to apply the constructs to their lives and can also help. you collect RELEVANT examples for future lectures. 

Pro Tip: Using anonymous tools can also help build confidence in some students and can encourage higher engagement,

Consider asking students to post pictures that exemplify the constructs on MurAL or share their favorite examples on Padlet

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Mental Health

With the rising prevalence of mental health problems, exasperated by the multiple pandemics, teachers must be aware of how to recognize and support students with mental health problems as it may impact their lives and classroom setting. Having open and judgment-free discussions and access to resources is paramount for creating an inclusive and safe space for students.

Consider offering a Canvas discussion board for students to share resources on and have idea exchanges. Also, offer a mental health break in your course layout to encourage time away and facilitate rest.

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