This asynchronous course aims to deepen educators’ knowledge of inclusive teaching practices. The course was designed with undergraduate introductory life science educators in mind, but components of the course will resonate with educators in other contexts.
The course consists of six modules:
- Module 0, “Course Orientation,” includes information on reflective practice and sources of feedback to improve teaching practices and introduces the action plan. This plan enables educators to track progress on an area of focus for improvement in their teaching.
- Module 1, “Self,” encourages interrogation of self and systems to better understand how these factors affect learners’ educational experience.
- Module 2, “Empathy,” introduces the role of empathy, motivation, and sense of belonging and provides insights into relevant practices that educators can incorporate into their teaching.
- Module 3, “Classroom Climate,” discusses how an educator’s position of power and use of physical and verbal expressions set the climate for the course. The module includes practical ways to improve classroom dialogue between the educator and learner and learner-to-learner interactions.
- Module 4, “Teaching and Learning,” provides practical strategies and assessment practices to improve learner sense of belonging, equitable teaching practices, and learner outcomes.
- Module 5, “Networks and Structures,” returns to the educator, or self, and focuses on support structures at the institutional level and beyond. We recognize that teaching is hard, and having support structures improves the experience for both the educator and the learner.
Although the Inclusive Teaching course design follows a deliberate sequence, you have the freedom to engage with the content in the way that is most meaningful for you. If you complete any module in full, you will earn a downloadable digital badge from Canvas Credentials. Completing all modules will take a minimum of 15–20 hours, and you can earn a “BioInteractive Inclusive Teaching Course” badge.
Accessing the course requires registration to BioInteractive’s Canvas. This registration is for our Canvas site and is different from the BioInteractive website login. To register, you should select “I am a new user.” This access will expire one year after registration. After one year, you will need to reregister, and all previous progress will be erased.
If you have any technical issues using the course, please contact us and include "Professional Learning Course: Inclusive Teaching" in the subject line.