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Great Ideas for Teaching and Learning Symposium

Great Ideas for Teaching and Learning Symposium will take place on Wednesday, January 4.

The theme thisimg_0224 year will be “Building and Sustaining Inclusive Classrooms.”  To help us explore this topic, we’re pleased to welcome Dr. Matthew Ouellett to be the keynote facilitator.  Dr. Ouellet is the Associate Provost and Director of the Office for Teaching and Learning at Wayne State University and has many years of experience helping faculty engage with strategies that increase engagement and success for all students.

matt_1As a regular contributor to the literature on faculty development and inclusive teaching and learning, Matt has authored or co‐authored over 40 peer‐reviewed articles and book chapters in a wide range of sources. Selected collections include:  The Chicago handbook for teachers: A practical guide to the college classroom, 2nd ed., 2011; An integrative analysis approach to diversity in the college classroom, 2011; and Teaching Inclusively: Resources for course, department and institutional change in higher education, 2005.

Symposium Schedule

8:30am – 9:00am, Morning Refreshments/Sign In


9:00am – 12:00pm, Building and Sustaining the Inclusive Classroom: A Systemic Approach

  • This highly interactive keynote will engage participants in considering multiple points of entry for building and sustaining the inclusive classroom. We will address institutional, departmental, course and individual strategies for defining what it means in the context of Boise State to be inclusive and how we go about strengthening current efforts and identifying promising future practices.

12:00pm – 12:45pm, Lunch is provided!

12:45pm – 1:30pm, Great Ideas Poster Session

  • Join Boise State University faculty and colleagues as they share and celebrate teaching and learning stories, strategies or activities that have worked well with students, and more.  Interested in sharing during this poster session? Click Here and find more information here!

1:30pm – 3:00pm, Great Ideas Breakout Sessions

Session: The Inclusive Classroom: Assessment Strategies for Transformative Learning
  • How do we assess student progress in the context of courses in which participants’ deeply held ideas, values, and beliefs may be challenged? For example, the student who arrives at a science course strongly believing in creationism or sociology course that contests their beliefs about communities different from their own. Participants will explore 3 formative and 3 summative assessment strategies that can be adapted across courses and disciplines.
Session: Teaching First Generation College Students: Strategies for Supporting Success
  • Across the country more first-generation students are enrolling in higher education; and at Boise State University our first-generation students make up approximately 50% of the undergraduate population. Yet, retention and graduation rates for first-generation students fall behind that of continuing-generation students, both at Boise State and nationwide.  This session will increase your awareness of the unique needs of first-generation students and offer strategies to better serve them in the classroom.
Session: Supporting all Students: Diversifying Course Design with Accessible Practices
  • In pursuing inclusive excellence in their classes, faculty may inadvertently miss a key part of course design: accessibility for students with visible and invisible disabilities. As a result, faculty have to make accommodations after their courses already have been designed—and often at the last minute. This session introduces Universal Design for Learning, a design strategy that anticipates all kinds of learners and builds their needs into the course.

3:00pm – 3:30pm, Debrief and Raffle

To Register for this event, Click Here!