The VCU Institute on Inclusive Teaching (IIT) supports educators in exploring strategies for inclusive teaching and transforming pedagogical and curricular practices. Moving toward inclusive teaching encompasses practices related to both faculty and students, including:
- personal and professional growth;
- reflecting on ideas and assumptions;
- raising awareness of differences;
- providing access to educational opportunities;
- involving students in academic work;
- retaining faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders across all levels of the institution; and,
- addressing classroom and institutional climate issues.
2018 Institute on Inclusive Teaching Two-Day Event (co-sponsored by the VCU Division for Inclusive Excellence)
Over two intensive days in May 2018, the IIT engaged 29 faculty, staff, and graduate students representing 13 different units/departments in uncovering strategies for becoming more inclusive teachers, leaders, and learners at VCU. Several participants reported they appreciated the discussions about practical inclusive teaching strategies, as well as opportunities to network and build relationships with educators from different disciplines.
We tentatively plan on conducting our next two-day event in May 2020.
2018-2019 IIT Faculty Learning Community
During academic year 2018-2019 the IIT has convened a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) comprised of six faculty members from the 2018 cohort. FLC participants are working on a range of inclusive teaching projects including Universal Design for Learning (UDL), student Photovoice projects, promoting student self-reflection and self-awareness, enhanced support for LGBTQ students, and inclusive teaching in research methods courses.
Visit the Inclusive Education Archive site to learn more about the FLC's members, accomplishments, and reflections.
The FLC also presented their experiences and contributions to inclusive teaching at the CTLE Teaching Symposium in April 2019.
If you have questions about the Institute on Inclusive Teaching program, please contact email@example.com.