Six Principles of an Inclusive Syllabus

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Time: 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Location: Campus Center 905-09

Workshop Overview

As we think about transforming our course content and pedagogy in ways that reflect attention to teaching our students in inclusive and equitable ways, focusing on the re-design of our syllabus at the front end is an important starting point. Creating an inclusive classroom culture begins with the syllabus. Designing a syllabus through the lens of inclusiveness, provides instructors with the opportunity to clearly communicate their teaching philosophy and describe their best pedagogical intentions.

In this workshop, presenters Dr. Kirsten Helmer (TEFD), Kelsey Hall (Assistive Technology Coordinator), and Marisha Marks (Faculty Instructor Support Coordinator, CPE) will introduce you to six principles of an inclusive syllabus design. Faculty members Dr. Lara Alhariri (Chemistry) and Michael DiPasquale (LARP) will share how they used these principles for redesigning their course syllabi and Moodle pages. Following the presentations, you will have the opportunity to workshop and apply some of the criteria that inform inclusive syllabus design to aspects of your own syllabus. So, please bring a laptop with a copy of a syllabus. The co-presenters will be available to offer support and answer questions.

Workshop Goals

  • Learn about six principles of an inclusive syllabus design.
  • Organize and visually articulate complex information in a meaningful and accessible manner.
  • Review and analyze your syllabus through the lens of inclusiveness.
  • Workshop and apply some of the criteria that inform inclusive syllabus design to aspects of your own syllabus.

Who should attend?

Anyone who is interested in (re)designing their course syllabi with their students in mind.

This event is part of the Diversity Teaching Workshop Series offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD), in collaboration with the General Education Council.

More information about Diversity Teaching Workshops offered by TEFD