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Question 1

​​In this course, the instructor:


 Demonstrated respect for diverse students and diverse points of view.


 Examine how your background and experiences have shaped your perspective of your own and others' cultural identity.

  • Develop an awareness of your own potential biases and their negative effect on teaching/learning.
  • Watch this video on Unconscious Bias@Work by Google Ventures that explains unconscious bias and suggests four methods to overcome it.
  • Consider your own privilege and the way privilege affects your classroom by reviewing the Instructors Guide to Understanding Privilege.​


 Discern the impact of explicit and implicit messages on students.


 Incorporate diversity into your curriculum.

  • Meet with a librarian ​from Auraria Library who will help you to discover course content that is representative of diverse students and sensitive to a diverse society.​

 Create an inclusive classroom environment.

  • Set ground rules for maintaining productive discourse.
  • Download this handout of tips for establishing ground rules for productive discourse and examples of ground rules.
  • Five deliberate steps you can take to foster a sense of belonging and ensure that all students feel welcomed and valued as part of the learning community.
  • Use participation structures like wait-time or think-pair-share for discussion and group work that create equal opportunities for all students to ask or answer questions. 
  • Get to know your students by learning their names.
  • If you struggle remembering students' names check out these tips and this podcast which provide helpful strategies.  
  • Review these guidelines and specific strategies for discussing difficult or controversial topics in the classroom.
  • Reflect on your teaching practice using this Inclusive Strategies Reflection Tool.
  • Review these guidelines​ for reducing implicit bias in your grading.


 Design your course using principles of Universal Design.

  • Learn more about the UDL Framework and Guidelines to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insight into how humans learn.
  • Complete the CU Online self-paced tutorial on Universal Design​.



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