This tipsheet is the first of a series designed to provide simple, generally applicable, tips on specific topics to enhance the inclusiveness of your courses. This tipsheet addresses the syllabus, first day of class, and the first assignment.
The Center for Transformative Teaching is committed to student success through inclusive, innovative, research-informed teaching. In alignment with the N2025 strategy, the CTT offers the three grant programs to support UNL faculty in creating transformative learning experiences that engage students in co-creating knowledge, increasing interdisciplinary inquiry, demonstrating achievement, and preparing for their futures.
Those of us who spend our working lives in universities are fond of predictions. A kind of secular prophecy that emerges from the practice of advancing and testing hypotheses. There is nothing like a full-blown crisis for bringing this tendency to the fore. Barely a week passes without an article appearing in the Chronicle or Inside Higher Ed either predicting the end of the campus university in the face of the shift online, outlining the potential of a new approach or a cutting-edge technology to save us, or foreshadowing the collapse into darkness of the entire project of a wide-ranging humanist education.
The Knute Broady Collection for Improved Pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning aims to support teaching and learning through the provision of research-supported resources and through its support of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
There is no way to replace the valuable experience that students get in a live hands-on course environment. However, there are ways to teach students basic principles and theories that underlie those learning opportunities.
These resources will help you build courses that are more inclusive of the diverse student body at UNL. We recommend starting with the Strategies and Practices for Inclusive Excellence page, which is an overarching guide to best practices for inclusive teaching. The other resources outline strategies to address specific challenges you may face in your courses.