Inclusive Classroom Programs

The resources found on CELT’s Creating an Inclusive Classroom website, and the programs below are to support our faculty as they work towards building a more inclusive campus.

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Inclusive Classroom Workshop

Workshops on Teaching Inclusively

How-to Register

CELT’s Creating an Inclusive Classroom webpage


Inclusive Classroom Workshop

After participating in the pre-workshop learning modules and the face-to-face program, attendees will:

  • Identify course specific improvements to foster inclusive excellence in the classroom.
  • Develop an individual action plan for promoting inclusion in the classroom.
  • Locate campus resources and programs that support diversity and inclusion.

Pre-workshop learning modules will be available at least one week prior to the workshop and will be instrumental to our face-to-face program; therefore, we ask that you complete the modules prior to the event. To learn more about inclusive classrooms visit CELT’s Creating an Inclusive Classroom website.

Faculty, staff and graduate students (who have a teaching role) may choose to attend one of the following program offerings:

Thursday, September 12 (2:10-5 p.m., 2030 Morrill)

Friday, December 6 (9:10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)

Monday, February 3 (2:10-5 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)

Friday, April 17 (9:10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)


Workshops on Teaching Inclusively

This program will provide an opportunity for our community to dialogue about teaching inclusively at Iowa State University. The intent of these conversations will be to help build a stronger teaching community, create collaborative partnerships, and develop effective teaching practices for meeting the diverse needs of our students.

Register via the Learn@ISU website to attend one or all the following conversations:

Building an inclusive and learner-centered syllabus

This conversation will be a starting place for thinking through how to implement inclusive pedagogy and learner-centered practices into your syllabus for the upcoming year. We will discuss strategies for producing a student-centered syllabus; as well as, the importance of establishing clear expectations and goals, using transparent teaching methods, and building rapport and community in your class.

Exploring ways to create an inclusive learning environment

Choose to attend one of the following offerings:

The teaching-learning process is an inherently social act. Throughout the learning process students interact with the instructor, their peers and the course content, often simultaneously in a classroom setting. All of these interactions help shape their success in the course. Explore ways to create a welcoming learning environment; brainstorm what we can do to continue to build an inclusive environment; share campus resources and programs; and extend your learning about teaching inclusively.

Discover the top 10 tips for creating accessible course content

Choose to attend one of the following offerings:

This conversation will discuss 10 basic strategies for creating accessible course content. Participants will explore the Quality Matters framework, specific approaches to address accessibility and usability and begin to build a timeline for implementing these changes. ‘How to’ resources will be provided.

Navigating controversial topics in the classroom

Oct. 29 (4:10-5 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall or online via this Zoom meeting registration webpage)

Many instructors consciously avoid controversial issues in the classroom because of the difficulty involved in managing heated discussions. However, controversy can be a useful, powerful, and memorable tool to promote learning. This conversation will provide instructors with resources to facilitate classroom discussion around controversial issues including the O.T.F.D. (Open The Front Door) and A.C.T.I.O.N. communication frameworks.


How-to Register

Register using your Net-ID/password via the Learn@ISU website, or email celt@iastate.edu or call 515-294-5357 with your name, program, and program dates.

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