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What is Inclusive Teaching?

Inclusive teaching is much too broad to be confined to any one pedagogy or method. Rather, inclusive teaching can be thought of as a worldview or way of thinking. The intentional practice of supporting students of all abilities, genders, races, and backgrounds is integral to the success and mission of UCF.

Ultimately, students are deeply affected by their social relationships and environment. The explicit and implicit messages you send via your course design, syllabus, and interactions with students can create an environment in which students either feel welcomed and included or unwelcome and excluded. Working to ensure that all students encounter a learning environment that is inclusive and supportive is paramount to their success.

To read more about what inclusive teaching is, visit the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching website on Inclusive Teaching. For more strategies to promote inclusive teaching, see these diversity guidelines provided by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence at Pennsylvania State University.

The following video by Dr. Jennifer Sandoval, Associate Professor of Communication and Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence, discusses effective teaching toward inclusion and diversity:

Also see our playlist of brief videos addressing special populations:

What campus resources are there to help me learn about inclusive teaching?

To learn about Diversity and Inclusion at UCF, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website. ODI provides workshops and events that facilitate faculty development of inclusive classroom practices. You can read more about their resources for faculty at this link. Also consider adding a diversity statement to your course syllabus.

The Center for Distributed Learning has a page dedicated to online accessibility with many helpful suggestions and resources.

Student Accessibility Services also provides resources and support for inclusive teaching, and coordinates academic accommodation efforts.

Suggested publications on inclusion

  • Hockings, C. (2010). Inclusive learning and teaching in higher education: A synthesis of research. York: Higher Education Academy.
  • Hollingshead, A., & Carr-Chellman, D. (2019). Engaging Learners in Online Environments Utilizing Universal Design for Learning Principles. eLearn, 2019(2), 3. https://elearnmag.acm.org/featured.cfm?aid=3310383
  • Jowallah, R. (2018). Critical Reflective Reflexive Inclusive Pedagogy: A Framework for Designing and Implementing Inclusive Educational Practices within the Online and Face-to-Face Learning Environments in Higher Education.
  • Lawrie, G., Marquis, E., Fuller, E., Newman, T., Qiu, M., Nomikoudis, M., … & Van Dam, L. (2017). Moving towards inclusive learning and teaching: A synthesis of recent literature. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 5(1), 1-13.
  • Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2012). Creating an “invitational classroom” in the online educational milieu. American Journal of Health Sciences (AJHS), 3(1), 7-16.
  • White, B. P. (2016). Beyond a deficit view. Inside Higher Ed. https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/04/19/importance-viewing-minority-low-income-and-first-generation-students-assets-essay