Removing Barriers to Student Learning: Inclusive Syllabi and Assignments



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Inclusive pedagogy is not about lowering expectations or watering down content. It is about removing the barriers we did not know existed. 


Despite our best intentions to create an inclusive classroom, many barriers to learning exist in the course materials themselves. Syllabi and assignments can perpetuate broader societal biases and oppressive practicesfrom the subtext of the syllabus to the methods of measuring student progress. Creating a more purposeful, intentional curriculum that addresses equity and inclusion across disciplineswithout compromising contentrequires a close examination of your own materials and a set of new teaching strategies. 

Join us for an interactive virtual workshop in which you will examine your course materials and explore answers to these questions: 

  • What are the unwritten implicit rules, norms, messages, and hidden biases about students that I communicate through the subtext of a syllabus? 
  • What are the principles to keep in mind when constructing inclusive assignments for assessing student progress?  
  • How should students be asked to demonstrate their learning through formative and summative assessment? 

You will walk away with practical worksheets you can use to review your course materials. Please bring a syllabus and assignment to the workshop so you can apply the concepts and strategies to your own classroom context, make changes in the moment, and receive feedback. 


Who Should Attend

This hands-on virtual workshop is ideal for faculty, instructors, and leaders in centers for teaching & learning and in faculty affairs who are looking to create more inclusive course materials.  

Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Training to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

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April 22, 2021

1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Building an Inclusive Syllabus 
In this session, you will engage in a dialogue that helps you identify syllabus subtext and hidden curriculum. Then, you will review and revise your own course syllabus using a guiding worksheet.

Please bring your own syllabus or one with which you have worked closely. A sample syllabus will be offered for those who are not currently teaching courses. 

Creating Inclusive Assignments and Activities 

In this session, you will learn the principles of designing inclusive assignments and practice applying those principles to your own assignment.

Please bring your own assignment or one with which you have worked closely. A sample assignment will be offered for those who are not currently teaching courses. 


Portrait of Rita Kumar

Rita Kumar

Executive Director of Faculty Enrichment Center, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Rita Kumar, Professor of English is the Executive Director of the Faculty Enrichment Center at the University of Cincinnati where she provides conceptual and organizational leadership for the Center. She is the co-recipient of the 2019 Dr. Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Award for organization and is currently co-editing a book on designing student-centered classrooms for equity and inclusion across disciplines. She has presented at several professional conferences and published in peer- reviewed journals. Dr. Kumar is a member of the UC Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning and serves as the Institutional Representative for the American Council on Education Women’s Network-Ohio.

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