Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning

As educators, we can work to create inclusive environments with equitable learning opportunities to ensure that every student has the opportunities necessary to succeed.

ACUE’s microcredential course in Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning provides instructors with proven strategies to create a more equitable and just learning environment. Equity-promoting teaching practices are among the hundreds of recommended approaches that faculty learn about and develop in all ACUE programs, as demonstrated in ACUE’s Inclusive and Equitable Teaching Curriculum Crosswalk.

This course is organized around five competencies and takes approximately 8 weeks to complete. You will learn within a facilitated online cohort of your peers, with whom you will share insights and ideas.

Microcredential Course Modules

  • Managing the Impact of Biases
  • Reducing Microaggressions in Learning Environments
  • Addressing Imposter Phenomenon and Stereotype Threat
  • Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
  • Designing Equity-Centered Courses

Educators who complete the requirements for this open enrollment course earn a microcredential in “Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning.” This course does not apply toward earning the full Certificate in Effective College Instruction.

Learn More

ACUE will be offering an online information session to share more information about the course outcomes, experience, and expectations. Sign up for the information session:

More information about the course outcomes, experience, and expectations are available through the information video and flyer.

 

Next Course Date

Two Cohorts Available in Spring 2022

In spring 2022, we will have a cohort for faculty, including tenure-track, instructional, and clinical faculty, as well as one for graduate teaching assistants. The timeline for both cohorts is the same.

February 14 - April 10, 2022

  • Break: March 14 - 20
  • Make-up week: April 11 - 17

 

Benefits of the Course

In addition to the obvious benefits of supporting an inclusive climate at NIU, there are a number of reasons why you should consider the course:

  • Visibility as a leader within your department who is working to increase student success and equity
  • Membership in a cohort of like-minded peers where you can meet others and form connections across disciplinary silos
  • For graduate students pursuing careers in academia:
    • Add a valuable credential to your C.V. that will catch the attention of search committees
    • Statements on diversity, equity, and inclusion are increasingly common in faculty searches; this course will help prepare you to write such a statement

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning microcredential different from the Course on Effective Teaching Practice?

The microcredential in inclusive teaching practices is a much shorter course (8 weeks vs. 25 weeks for the course on Effective Teaching Practice). The microcredential leads to a digital badge as recognition, whereas the course on Effective Teaching Practice leads to a credential in Effective College Instruction that is awarded in collaboration with the American Council on Education

While the course in Effective Teaching Practice does address issues of equity and inclusion, the microcredential spends more time on these topics and provides opportunity for deeper reflection on how you create an inclusive learning environment.

What does the course consist of?

The course consists of five online modules:

  • Managing the Impact of Biases
  • Reducing Microaggressions in Learning Environments
  • Addressing Imposter Phenomenon and Stereotype Threat
  • Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
  • Designing Equity-Centered Courses

Each module includes a few videos to discuss the topic and demonstrate teaching techniques, discussions for you to share thoughts with the other participants, and a reflection.

How long does the course take to complete?
You will have 8 weeks to complete the course, usually with a 1-week break for either Thanksgiving or Spring Break, depending on the semester and when the course begins.
What is the time commitment to complete the course?

The course consists of 5 online modules completed over 8 weeks, involving 2-3 hours of online content and engagement per week, as well as time spent on application of instructional practices in your classroom (if you are currently teaching).

Who is eligible to complete the course?New

Most cohorts will be open to all NIU faculty, including tenured, tenure-track, instructional, and clinical faculty (instructional faculty includes full-time, part-time, and adjunct instructors). Staff who teach (both SPS and operating staff) are also welcome in the faculty cohorts.

Graduate student cohorts will be available at least once a year and will be open to any graduate student. Because space is limited, preference may be given to students who have career aspirations in academia and those who have graduate teaching assistantships.

Participants


Fall 2021 Cohort

  • Therese Arado, Law
  • Sheila Barrett, Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Danica Billingsly, Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
  • Melissa Burlingame, Environmental Studies
  • Melissa Clucas Walter, Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Benjamin Creed, Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations
  • Michele Duffy, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Jessica Ebert, Communication
  • Alex Eddy, Marketing
  • Lydia Gerzel-Short, Special and Early Education
  • Beverly Henry, College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Hal Hinderliter, Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
  • Rebecca Hunt, Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
  • Rana Jaber, Health Studies
  • Katy Jaekel, Counseling and Higher Education (co-facilitator)
  • Yvonne Johnson, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Blythe Kitner, Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
  • Jessica Labatte, Art and Design
  • Jung Young Lee, Operations Management and Information Systems
  • Jennifer Likeum, Communication
  • Amanda Littauer, History and the Center for Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (co-facilitator)
  • Kathryn Mazurek, Health Studies
  • Ismael Montana, History
  • Gudrun Nyunt, Counseling and Higher Education
  • Marcella Otto, Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Molly Pasley, Special and Early Education
  • Jason Rhode, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Stephanie Richter, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Beth Squires, Health Studies
  • Matt Timko, College of Law Library
  • Laura Vazquez, Communication
  • Erin Vobornik, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Kelly Wesener Michael, Counseling and Higher Education
  • Shaokun Yu, Accountancy

How ACUE Impacts Teaching and Learning

The ACUE Effective Teaching Practices Program is giving NIU faculty tools to implement and support inclusive and innovative teaching.

Contact Us

Center for Innovative
Teaching and Learning

Phone: 815-753-0595
Email: citl@niu.edu

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