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CTL: Building Equitable Classroom Participation

Wed., MAY 5TH, 11:30-1:00 PM PDT
via Zoom
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Postdocs and Graduate Students
Educational Affairs

Curious about how to ensure all students feel the classroom is an empowering space? Interested in developing strategies to encourage all students to participate? In this session, we will discuss practical, evidence-based strategies for reimagining participation in higher education classrooms that move beyond typical approaches. We will explore readings from Dr. Kimberley Tanner, along with the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines, to guide our inquiry of participation practices. As a community, we will generate and practice applying alternative ways to structure learning activities to scaffold participation such that all students feel empowered to engage.


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe why the common participation model of asking a question and then waiting for a student to raise their hand and answer does not ensure equity in the classroom
  • Generate alternative ways to scaffold participation based on the readings by Dr. Kimberly Tanner and the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines
  • Apply these more equitable participation strategies to redesigning a learning activity 



Read through and take the "Self-Assessment of Equitable Teaching Strategies " and then choose 5 strategies to read more in-depth

  • Universal Design for Learning Guidelines


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