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Classroom Inclusivity Series

The Classroom Inclusivity Series is a collaboration between various units across Rutgers University, organized and facilitated by The Office of Teaching Evaluation and Assessment Research and the University Equity and Inclusion Office. The purpose of the program is to promote Inclusive Scholarship and Teaching (as identified by the Rutgers University Diversity Priorities) and in particular to support a more well-rounded understanding of Classroom Inclusivity.

Throughout the 2022-2023 academic semester, Rutgers University faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, post-docs and staff are invited to attend workshops provided by different units across the university. Workshops or training sessions included within the series will address the following competencies:

A listing of the workshops included in this series for Fall 2022 is provided below. Additional sessions are still being added. Some workshops limit participation to a specific subset of the university, as identified in the description. If your unit or department is offering a session that you believe would fit into the series, please reach out at ctaar@docs.rutgers.edu for more information about how it can be included.

Badge for Lifelong Learning in Inclusive & Equitable Teaching

For those who did not earn the certificate/badge last year, participants have the opportunity to earn this badge issued by The Office of Teaching Evaluation and Assessment Research and the University Equity and Inclusion Office. Requirements for the certificate include:

Use the toggle buttons under the workshops listing to ensure you have the required session in each competency. We suggest keeping a log that includes the sessions you attended, notes, and initial ideas. This will help you develop the required reflections for the certificate, which should be formatted using this template. Submission for the badge will be completed on this Canvas site (you do need to log into Canvas with your netID). You can submit your reflections individually as you complete them and with a final survey to be completed after all reflections have been submitted.

Badge for Implementation of Inclusive & Equitable Teaching Practices

Participants who have already earned the Certificate/Badge for Lifelong Learning in Inclusive & Equitable Teaching can continue on their journey and earn this level 2 certificate. This is a semester-long process during which participants will engage in the work of implementing changes to a course they teach to make it more inclusive and equitable. The badge will be awarded for one competency. Participants need to:

More information and submission details for each of the steps above is available on the Canvas site. 


Workshops

Offerings are listed in chronological order and can be filtered by competency by toggling between buttons.  If you are in need of accommodations for a workshop or have any questions about individual sessions, please contact the presenting unit.

How to Use Ally to Improve Canvas Course Accessibility

In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Ally in Canvas to help you make your courses more inclusive. We'll explore key features of Ally, including the Instructor Feedback Tool, the Course Accessibility Report, and the Alternative Formats tool, as well as practical strategies and resources for improving your accessibility scores. Addresses Competency 3.

January 9, 2023, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu


Competency 1 Discussion

After attending a Competency 1 Workshop, participants may attend a Competency 1 Discussion for an opportunity to talk with other instructors about the impact of our identities, biases, and prejudices on learning. Participation in one discussion session is a requirement for the Level 1 Badge.

January 9, 2023, 1:30 - 3:00pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; This session will not be recorded
Facilitator(s): Mary Labrada, TLT
Contact: ctaar@docs.rutgers.edu


Creating Accessible Online Content: Text, Documents, Images, and Video

This workshop is designed to explore how to design courses and materials that are accessible to all students. We will cover the basics of online accessibility, focusing on best practices for creating accessible course materials such as text documents (Word/PDF), images, and videos with captions. We’ll also go over key accessibility features in the Canvas LMS. Addresses Competency 3.

January 12, 2023, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu


Culturally Responsive Course Design and Teaching Strategies

What does it mean to teach in a culturally responsive way? In this workshop we will discuss the origins and implications of culturally relevant, responsive, and sustaining pedagogies, as well as, how to implement their principles in various subject matter areas. We will also look at course design teaching strategies for incorporating student cultures as assets to their learning. Finally, we will discuss the strategies for critical self-reflection and understanding how your positionality intersects with your presence as the instructor in your course. Addresses Competency 1.

January 13, 2023, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu


CLARA: A Tool for Navigating Contentious Conversations

The CLARA method is a communications framework designed to help one model empathetic listening and communication to de-escalate tense conversations, which has been used in conflict zones globally to protect citizens. Participants will have the opportunity to practice each step and practice the full method. Addresses Competency 2.

January 17, 2023, 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; This session will not be recorded
Presenter(s): University Equity and Inclusion
Contact: Kaylin Padovano, kaylin@rutgers.edu


Creating Accessible Online Content: Text, Documents, Images, and Video

This workshop is designed to explore how to design courses and materials that are accessible to all students. We will cover the basics of online accessibility, focusing on best practices for creating accessible course materials such as text documents (Word/PDF), images, and videos with captions. We’ll also go over key accessibility features in the Canvas LMS. Addresses Competency 3.

January 23, 2023, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu


How to Use Ally to Improve Canvas Course Accessibility

In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Ally in Canvas to help you make your courses more inclusive. We'll explore key features of Ally, including the Instructor Feedback Tool, the Course Accessibility Report, and the Alternative Formats tool, as well as practical strategies and resources for improving your accessibility scores. Addresses Competency 3.

January 25, 2023, 9:00 - 10:00 am EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu


Culturally Responsive Course Design and Teaching Strategies

What does it mean to teach in a culturally responsive way? In this workshop we will discuss the origins and implications of culturally relevant, responsive, and sustaining pedagogies, as well as, how to implement their principles in various subject matter areas. We will also look at course design teaching strategies for incorporating student cultures as assets to their learning. Finally, we will discuss the strategies for critical self-reflection and understanding how your positionality intersects with your presence as the instructor in your course. Addresses Competency 1.

January 31, 2023, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu


Impact of Identities, Biases and Fears on the Learning of International Students

Building awareness around our own identities, biases and fears as educators and those of our international students is a critical component in creating more equitable and accessible classroom interaction. This workshop will offer pedagogical strategies and tools that respond to multi-lingual learners of diverse backgrounds and experiences while incorporating testimonials of current undergraduate students on this topic. By learning about and remaining cognizant of the differences among our community members, we can be better and more inclusive educators. Collaboration between OTEAR and Rutgers Global-International Academic Success Office. Addresses Competency 1.

February 15, 2023, 10:00 - 11:30 am EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Rutgers Global - Office of International Academic Success
Contact: Office of International Academic Success, ias-global@global.rutgers.edu

Register


Creating Accessible Online Content: Text, Documents, Images, and Video

This workshop is designed to explore how to design courses and materials that are accessible to all students. We will cover the basics of online accessibility, focusing on best practices for creating accessible course materials such as text documents (Word/PDF), images, and videos with captions. We’ll also go over key accessibility features in the Canvas LMS. Addresses Competency 3.

February 22, 2023, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


How to Use Ally to Improve Canvas Course Accessibility

In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Ally in Canvas to help you make your courses more inclusive. We'll explore key features of Ally, including the Instructor Feedback Tool, the Course Accessibility Report, and the Alternative Formats tool, as well as practical strategies and resources for improving your accessibility scores. Addresses Competency 3.

February 23, 2023, 9:00 - 10:00 am EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


Competency 1 Discussion

After attending a Competency 1 Workshop, participants may attend a Competency 1 Discussion for an opportunity to talk with other instructors about the impact of our identities, biases, and prejudices on learning. Participation in one discussion session is a requirement for the Level 1 Badge.

February 27, 2023, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; This session will not be recorded
Facilitator(s): David Goldman, SAS Office of Undergraduate Education
Contact: ctaar@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


Culturally Responsive Course Design and Teaching Strategies

What does it mean to teach in a culturally responsive way? In this workshop we will discuss the origins and implications of culturally relevant, responsive, and sustaining pedagogies, as well as, how to implement their principles in various subject matter areas. We will also look at course design teaching strategies for incorporating student cultures as assets to their learning. Finally, we will discuss the strategies for critical self-reflection and understanding how your positionality intersects with your presence as the instructor in your course. Addresses Competency 1.

March 2, 2023, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


Equity Fundamentals

This foundational workshop helps attendees understand key concepts and strategies for purposeful reflection and growth. Participants will explore the following concepts through active-learning exercises: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Intersectionality, and Social Justice. For each foundational concept there is an active learning exercise that incorporates diverse learning styles. Participants will leave the session with tools to apply these concepts in their professional and personal lives, and to being to apply an equity mindset to their work at Rutgers. Addresses Competency 1.

March 8, 2023, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; This session will not be recorded
Presenter(s): University Equity and Inclusion
Contact: Kaylin Padovano, kaylin@rutgers.edu

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Strategies for Creating an Inclusive Classroom

This workshop will provide actionable strategies to develop and support an inclusive learning environment for your students. Topics include getting to know your students, diversifying the course content, developing classroom norms, incorporating flexibility in course design, and making accessible courses. The session will provide opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in the creation of various tools and individually reflect about what to incorporate into your classroom. This workshop was previously offered in Fall 2022. Addresses Competency 2.

March 21, 2023, 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Office of Teaching Evaluation and Assessment Research (formally CTAAR)
Contact: ctaar@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


Competency 1 Discussion

After attending a Competency 1 Workshop, participants may attend a Competency 1 Discussion for an opportunity to talk with other instructors about the impact of our identities, biases, and prejudices on learning. Participation in one discussion session is a requirement for the Level 1 Badge.

March 22, 2023, 10:30 - 11:00 am EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; This session will not be recorded
Facilitator(s): Mary Labrada, TLT
Contact: ctaar@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


"Not Your Inspiration": Dehumanizing Disabled People Through Misguided Praise

You've likely seen headlines of "inspiring" stories about a disabled person or child scoring the winning basket or becoming Homecoming Queen. Disabled students are often subjected to infantilizing praise in their personal lives or in the media. In this presentation, faculty will learn about how excessive admiration often reinforces the stereotypes society has assigned to disabled students, and how we can normalize disability through representation. Addresses Competency 1.

March 23, 2023, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): RBHS Office of Disability Services
Contact: Cindy Poore-Pariseau, cp803@rbhs.rutgers.edu

Register


How to Use Ally to Improve Canvas Course Accessibility

In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Ally in Canvas to help you make your courses more inclusive. We'll explore key features of Ally, including the Instructor Feedback Tool, the Course Accessibility Report, and the Alternative Formats tool, as well as practical strategies and resources for improving your accessibility scores. Addresses Competency 3.

March 24, 2023, 9:00 - 10:00 am EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


Interracial Dynamics of Providing Student Feedback: Challenges and Solutions

This one-hour workshop will explore Dr. Kent Harber and Dr. Jamie Gorman's experimental research on interracial dynamics as they pertain to providing feedback on student work. In their various articles on interracial student-teacher communication - see, for example, “The Conflicted Language of Interracial Feedback” (2019) -- Harber and Gorman have expanded on previous evidence of positive feedback bias when white instructors score and provide written commentary on the work of students of color. Their research describes how the volume and tone of instructional feedback relates to instructor's emotional and psychological needs and they propose ways that educators can re-focus their feedback practices to center student learning. The workshop will also include a discussion of “wise feedback” and other instructional strategies that may serve as correctives to the biases Harber and Gorman explore. Session includes time for participant Q&A; bring your questions and observations to share. Addresses Competency 2.

March 27, 2023, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual and In-person in Newark
Presenter(s): Dr. Kent Harber and Dr. Jamie Gorman (SASN, Psychology)
Contact: Catherine Clepper, cc1819@rutgers.edu

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CLARA: A Tool for Navigating Contentious Conversations

The CLARA method is a communications framework designed to help one model empathetic listening and communication to de- escalate tense conversations, which has been used in conflict zones globally to protect citizens. Participants will have the opportunity to practice each step and practice the full method. Addresses Competency 2.

March 28, 2023, 10:00 - 11:00 am EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; This session will not be recorded
Presenter(s): University Equity and Inclusion
Contact: Kaylin Padovano, kaylin@rutgers.edu

Register


Creating Accessible Online Content: Text, Documents, Images, and Video

This workshop is designed to explore how to design courses and materials that are accessible to all students. We will cover the basics of online accessibility, focusing on best practices for creating accessible course materials such as text documents (Word/PDF), images, and videos with captions. We’ll also go over key accessibility features in the Canvas LMS. Addresses Competency 3.

March 29, 2023, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


Microinequities in the Classroom: Impact and Interventions

What are microinequities and how do they impact staff, faculty, and student experiences at Rutgers? How do they impact efforts to build an inclusive climate? This training provides an opportunity to reflect on how these daily indignities perpetuate negative stereotypes and cause harm. Participants will gain skills to identify and interrupt microinequities, explore ways to ‘call-in’ students and colleagues and discuss proactive steps to foster a safer and more inclusive community. This workshop was developed using an intersectional lens and seeks to amplify and prioritize voices of BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized staff and faculty, who are disproportionately impacted by microinequities. Addresses Competency 1.

April 5, 2023, 10:00 - 11:00 am EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; This session will not be recorded
Presenter(s): University Equity and Inclusion
Contact: Kaylin Padovano, kaylin@rutgers.edu

Register


Competency 1 Discussion

After attending a Competency 1 Workshop, participants may attend a Competency 1 Discussion for an opportunity to talk with other instructors about the impact of our identities, biases, and prejudices on learning. Participation in one discussion session is a requirement for the Level 1 Badge.

April 12, 2023, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; This session will not be recorded
Facilitator(s): Catherine Clepper, P3 Collaboratory
Contact: ctaar@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


How to Use Ally to Improve Canvas Course Accessibility

In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Ally in Canvas to help you make your courses more inclusive. We'll explore key features of Ally, including the Instructor Feedback Tool, the Course Accessibility Report, and the Alternative Formats tool, as well as practical strategies and resources for improving your accessibility scores. Addresses Competency 3.

April 14, 2023, 9:00 - 10:00 am EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


Creating Accessible Online Content: Text, Documents, Images, and Video

This workshop is designed to explore how to design courses and materials that are accessible to all students. We will cover the basics of online accessibility, focusing on best practices for creating accessible course materials such as text documents (Word/PDF), images, and videos with captions. We’ll also go over key accessibility features in the Canvas LMS. Addresses Competency 3.

April 18, 2023, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


Culturally Responsive Course Design and Teaching Strategies

What does it mean to teach in a culturally responsive way? In this workshop we will discuss the origins and implications of culturally relevant, responsive, and sustaining pedagogies, as well as, how to implement their principles in various subject matter areas. We will also look at course design teaching strategies for incorporating student cultures as assets to their learning. Finally, we will discuss the strategies for critical self-reflection and understanding how your positionality intersects with your presence as the instructor in your course. Addresses Competency 1.

April 19, 2023, 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


Competency 1 Discussion

After attending a Competency 1 Workshop, participants may attend a Competency 1 Discussion for an opportunity to talk with other instructors about the impact of our identities, biases, and prejudices on learning. Participation in one discussion session is a requirement for the Level 1 Badge.

May 4, 2023, 12:30 - 2:00 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; This session will not be recorded
Facilitator(s): Mary Labrada, TLT
Contact: ctaar@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


How to Use Ally to Improve Canvas Course Accessibility

In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Ally in Canvas to help you make your courses more inclusive. We'll explore key features of Ally, including the Instructor Feedback Tool, the Course Accessibility Report, and the Alternative Formats tool, as well as practical strategies and resources for improving your accessibility scores. Addresses Competency 3.

May 19, 2023, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu

Register


Creating Accessible Online Content: Text, Documents, Images, and Video

This workshop is designed to explore how to design courses and materials that are accessible to all students. We will cover the basics of online accessibility, focusing on best practices for creating accessible course materials such as text documents (Word/PDF), images, and videos with captions. We’ll also go over key accessibility features in the Canvas LMS. Addresses Competency 3.

May 24, 2023, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST
Audience: University-wide
Mode: Virtual; Recording available after session through this link
Presenter(s): Teaching and Learning with Technology
Contact: oid@docs.rutgers.edu

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