Diversity Lunch Talk: Teaching Inclusively in Large and Online Classes with Lara Al-Hariri, Bryan Monesson-Olson, Raeann Leblanc, Lisa Fontes

Event date: 

Monday, February 25, 2019 -
12:15PM to 1:45PM

Event location: 

Campus Center 903

 

Session Description

Do you teach a large or online class and would like to get help with adapting or scaling-up inclusive teaching practices that work effectively with smaller groups of students or in face-to-face settings? Indeed, large and online classes provide particular challenges for cultivating an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students. Students in these types of classes often feel isolated since it is much harder for them to connect with each other and the instructor. However, when students feel connected and develop a sense of belonging in the class environment, this positively impacts their learning experiences and outcomes

Come to this session to learn from TIDE Ambassador Faculty Fellows Lara Al-Hariri (Chemistry), Bryan Monesson-Olson (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology), Lisa Fontes (University without Walls), and Raeann Leblanc (Nursing) how they have been successfully implementing inclusive and equitable teaching practices and learning activities in their large and online classes.

Session Goals

Participants will leave with ideas and practical strategies on how to create a learning environment where students feel connected and supported in large or online classes.

Who should attend? All faculty and graduate student TAs/TOs

This event is part of the monthly Diversity Lunch Talks offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) through its Diversity & Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Series.

More information on Diversity Lunch Talks offered by TEFD

Presenter Bios

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, Senior Lecturer at University Without Walls, has 25 years experience teaching university students, both online and in the classroom. She is the author of four books and numerous journal articles on cultural competence in services for child abuse and gender based violence. She has a special interest in online pedagogy. She formerly directed the School of Behavioral Sciences Online Fellows Program. She is a TIDE Ambassador Fellow, having participated in TEFD’s Teaching for Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (TIDE) Ambassador program in 2016-2017. 

Raeann LeBlanc, Assistant Clinical Professor teaches in the College of Nursing in the Doctor of Advanced Nursing Practice program.  Raeann has been teaching and learning at UMass Amherst for the past 7 years.  She is a TIDE Ambassador Fellow, having participated in TEFD’s Teaching for Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (TIDE) Ambassador program in 2016-2017. 

Lara Al-Hariri is a senior lecturer in the chemistry department and has experience teaching large- General and Organic Chemistry II courses face-to-face and online. She is interested in developing modern approaches to chemical education to encourage student engagement in the process of and make chemistry courses more entertaining. She is using some of the latest techniques from the best practices to help STEM students develop transferable skills, ignite passion and enthusiasm for science while striving for creating an inclusive, inviting and equitable learning .She is a TIDE Ambassador Fellow, having participated in TEFD’s Teaching for Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (TIDE) Ambassador program in 2017-2018.  

Bryan Monesson-Olson is a Lecturer in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department. Working in both large and small classes Bryan is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. His courses are designed to leverage technology and an emphasis on Universal Design. As part of that commitment, Bryan is developing a 3D printing project focused on 3D molecules for blind and low-vision students. He is a TIDE Ambassador Fellow, having participated in TEFD’s Teaching for Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (TIDE) Ambassador program in 2017-2018.