Creating an Inclusive Classroom

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

An inclusive classroom reflects the world we live in whether students participate in a course face-to-face (in-person), hybrid, or online. By implementing inclusive teaching practices, we can create learning environments where all students feel they belong and achieve high levels. Through resources and professional development programs, CELT supports creating inclusive classrooms.

What is the Inclusive Classroom?

An inclusive classroom refers to intentional approaches to curriculum, course design, teaching practice, and assessment that cultivate a conducive learning environment where students feel valued, respected, and supported to flourish at Iowa State University and beyond. 

At its core, inclusive pedagogy is the student-centered teaching approach known to Iowa State as the inclusive classroom. Faculty create an inviting and engaging learning environment for all students with varied backgrounds, learning styles, and physical and cognitive abilities in the classroom. Drawing from the large body of scholarship of teaching and learning, it is clear that inclusive pedagogy improves learning outcomes when faculty take deliberate steps to ensure that all students feel welcomed and supported in the classroom (Florian, 2015; Spratt & Florian, 2015).

ISU downloadable resources


Schedule, resources, and frequently asked questions about the Training for every faculty member.

Opportunities to develop and sustain more equitable and inclusive student learning environments.


The connection students feel with each other and with their instructors is critical for student success.

Suggestions and resources to help teach in ways that are equitable and inclusive in an online environment.

Responses, strategies, and ways to extend your learning about microaggressions.

Facilitate conversations and discussions with your students.