UC Davis offers a number of resources and centers available for instructors to make their lessons more diverse and inclusive.
Fall 2017 - A Message from Carolyn Thomas, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education:
Some of you have asked how you might prepare to best support student learning and discussion in the classroom this quarter. Some are asking this because of concerns that emerge from our current political and cultural climate. Others of you want to make sure you are using the most effective teaching strategies to facilitate learning for our students who have diverse cultural backgrounds and academic experiences. We want to provide you with easy access to information that may be helpful to you:
- Here you will find a list of upcoming workshops for faculty and teaching assistants offered by the Center for Educational Effectiveness. You will see that these address a number of issues, including how to promote classroom community and inclusive environments, how to teach first-generation college students (43% of our undergraduate students are now first-generation), and how to enhance student learning for everyone through your approach to teaching.
- CEE has also developed an extensive collection of Just-In-Time Teaching (JITT) resources. The JITT resources are pedagogically grounded, evidence-based, learner-centered and feature an array of considerations, strategies, and teaching suggestions instructors can incorporate into their teaching practices. Each topical area can be read in its entirety, or separately as needs and interests develop.
- CEE is offering the Course REdesign And Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) Fellows Program, a year-long program designed to support faculty engagement in course (re)design/innovation and promote learner-centered, evidence-based teaching practices that foster success for all students on the UC Davis campus.
- Here you will find a FAQ sheet from the American Association of University Professors that has useful links. These will help you think through best practices if you find yourself discussing controversial topics, or topics to which students have strong and differing reactions, in your classrooms. This was produced in the context of the 2016 presidential election. The resources, however, are still valuable.
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