Workshop: Syllabus (Re)Design - Six Principles of an Inclusive Syllabus

Event Details

August 28, 2019
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Library, W.E.B. Du Bois

Room: 2601

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available

Re-designing your syllabus is an excellent way to communicate to students your intent to cultivate an inclusive and supportive learning environment. The syllabus gives students a first impression of the instructor and what to expect from the upcoming learning environment. The syllabus is also an opportunity for instructors to set the class climate, clearly communicate their teaching philosophy, and describe their best pedagogical intentions for motivating students and supporting their academic success. In this workshop, presenter Kirsten Helmer will introduce you to six principles of an inclusive syllabus design and provide examples that illustrate how these principles can be applied to the design or re-design of your syllabus.

Following the workshop, you will have the opportunity to engage in a one-on-one consultation about your syllabus (re)design with a staff member from the Center for Teaching & Learning. Please use the separate registration link for booking this individual consultation service.

Workshop Goals

  • Learn about six principles of an inclusive syllabus as a scaffolding framework for syllabus (re)design.
  • Analyze your syllabus through the lens of inclusiveness to identify the implicit messages communicated through its subtext.
  • Begin thinking about how to apply some of the criteria that inform inclusive syllabus design to aspects of your own syllabus.