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SGSI 2022: Designing an IDEAL Course

Monday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 16, 11:30 AM – 5 PM

Would you like to teach courses that welcome and inspire all of your students and serve as a model to other instructors at Stanford? Would you like to be part of the campus Presidential Initiative to create Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in Learning Environments (IDEAL)? Join us to apply evidence-based principles and start designing an IDEAL course, one that represents diverse identities, integrates peer-to-peer learning, makes success accessible, and equitably assesses student learning.

Instructors

  • Kritika Yegnashankaran, PhD, associate director of Faculty and Lecturer Programs, Center for Teaching and Learning

Audience & Capacity

Open to all graduate students in any discipline, as well as postdoctoral scholars, if space allows. If oversubscribed, preference to those more advanced in their teaching careers and ready to start designing courses of their own. Space is limited to 30.

Objectives

By participating fully in this course, you will learn to:

  • Integrate diverse examples, peoples, and texts into your course design

  • Encourage learning and sharing with peers through group work and discussion

  • Provide accessible resources and connections to meet the needs of all students

  • Design varied activities and assessments for students to engage in learning

Summary

Would it surprise you to learn that only 29% of current undergraduate students at Stanford identify as white and that 17% identify as coming from a first-generation and/or low-income (FLI) background? As an instructor at Stanford, and plenty of other educational institutions, you teach students who are diverse across many different dimensions: race, class, gender, religion, age, physical ability, nationality, and others. Some of these perspectives historically have been excluded in higher education settings and continue to be marginalized. 


Research in education and learning science indicates that there are specific principles in designing courses to help provide an inclusive and equitable education to all students - one that recognizes their assets, creates space for them to productively and collectively grow through learning challenges, and recognizes different dimensions of their learning. Join us to apply these evidence-based principles and start designing a course of your own that represents diverse identities, integrates peer-to-peer learning, makes success accessible, and equitably assesses student learning. Through active engagement and completion of all course activities, you will:

  • Integrate diverse examples, peoples, and texts into your course design

  • Encourage learning and sharing with peers through group work and discussion

  • Provide accessible resources and connections to meet the needs of all students

  • Design varied activities and assessments for students to engage in learning

The course is designed to model the course-design principles covered, so it will be highly active and interactive and include a mix of personal reflection, peer discussion, and other group work. It will also ask students to apply what they learn in disciplinary and course contexts that matter personally to them. In addition, Stanford faculty who have applied these principles in their own courses will be invited each day briefly to share their experiences and answer questions. 


Students can expect to leave with an IDEAL course plan of their own design, concrete strategies for continued development of their course plan, and campus partners to support their ongoing efforts to create Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in Learning Environments.

Additional Course Expectations

  • Students should expect about 1-2 hours of work per day outside of class.
  • Full attendance is expected.

SUNet ID required to log in; all SGSI correspondence sent to your Stanford email account.

Resource Type: 
Course or Workshop
Target Audience: 
All Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Scholars
Time Commitment: 
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