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Inclusive Teaching Resources and Strategies
In any discipline or field, a key goal as well as challenge is supporting the learning of all students despite their many differences. Through programs, consultations, and resources, CRLT supports teachers in creating learning environments where students of all identities and backgrounds can flourish. This page features a range of online resources that define inclusive teaching and provide specific strategies for practicing it.
Framework and Strategies for Inclusive Teaching: This document lists specific strategies for fostering four dimensions of inclusive teaching. Instructors can use it to reflect upon practices they already use or might adopt.
The Research Basis for Inclusive Teaching: This webpage provides an overview of the kinds of evidence that demonstrate inclusive teaching practices can benefit all students' learning.
Setting the Tone for Inclusion: This document suggests concrete practices for intentionally establishing an inclusive learning environment in any discipline.
Creating Inclusive Classrooms: This CRLT paper discusses the range of elements that contribute to an inclusive classroom learning environment.
Our blog regularly features posts on specific inclusive teaching strategies. Topics include:
- Creating an 'identity-safe' classroom, where student academic and social backgrounds do not become obstacles to learning
- Using student groups in ways that support everyone's contributions
- Facilitating conversations about challenging subjects in ways that invite all perspectives
- Using student pairs for peer instruction
Our website also features videos featuring U-M Thurnau Professors putting various inclusive teaching strategies into action.
The CRLT Players perform sketches that spark discussion about building more equitable and inclusive classroom and institutional climates.
Resources from around the web:
Key teaching strategies to engage students from a range of academic or social backgrounds
- Reducing Stereotype Threat
- Benefits of Inclusive Teaching
- Rapport on the First Day of Class
- Interactive Lecturing
Reflective Strategies for Faculty
Information on course planning
For specific contexts
- Facilitating Cross-cultural Group Work
- Teaching International Students
- Teaching Students with Disabilities
CRLT Occasional Papers:
- Student Teams in Engineering Classroom and Beyond: Setting up Students for Success
- Teaching for Retention in Science, Engineering, and Math Disciplines: A Guide for Faculty
Academic Support for Women in Science and Engineering
Women continue to be underrepresented in a number of science and engineering disciplines. This paper describes factors that have been found to influence the learning and persistence of undergraduate women in science and engineering. Suggestions are offered for how faculty members can improve the academic environment to create a more positive learning climate for all students.