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2022: Opening Up Higher Education

Much of the rhetoric around higher education during COVID has been around closing down activities and opportunities, yet, for many instructors, the experience has been one of opening up their classes to new ways of teaching, new populations of students, and new expectations from administration. This year the Instructional Development Institute seeks to highlight the ways instructors have opened up their classes – and higher education by extension – in new ways. What new assignments have you developed, what new strategies have you used, what new course materials have you adopted, and what policies have you enacted to open your classrooms in new and innovative ways? Interested presenters could also consider how the “Open” theme relates to the use of Open Education Resources (OER), more open or inclusive classroom environments, streaming classes across locations, and our new identity as an open or “access” institution.


Dr. Addy is Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning at Lafayette College where she also directs the Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship. In this role, she enjoys working with instructors across divisions and ranks to develop and administer programming related to the teacher-scholar model, from classroom teaching to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her recent publications on the scholarship of teaching and learning have been around learner-centered practices and inclusive pedagogies; she recently co-authored a book, What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Synchronous Sessions.

Welcome & Land AcknowledgementInterim CATL Director Kris Vespia and Provost Kate Burns
The Critical Importance of Inclusive Teaching in Higher Education KEYNOTEDr. Tracie Addy
Why is inclusive teaching excellent teaching? During this interactive keynote presentation we will discuss research on the importance of equity and belonging within higher education and highlight the voices of instructors who implement inclusive teaching approaches, as well as our learners who benefit from such instruction. Together we will reflect on the significance of inclusive teaching in higher education and why it should be a priority at our institutions.
Student as Editor as Artist: Enhancing Belongingness with Student Editorial Projects Live PresentationRebecca Nesvet
Integrating Synchronous and Asynchronous Activities to Support Online Engagement Live PresentationPearly Wong
What Inclusive Instructors Do: Creating Welcoming Learning Environments  WorkshopDr. Tracie Addy

How do inclusive instructors design learning environments that promote students’ sense of belonging? Reflecting on the research findings from a study of instructors who implement inclusive teaching approaches, during this workshop we will discuss how we can create transformative, welcoming learning environments. We will also have an opportunity to share any strategies we use to foster student belonging in our learning spaces.

The Many Faces of Civic Engagement Virtual RoundtableAshley Heath, Stephanie Kaponya, Katie Lesperance, Katia Levintova, Lilly Vang
Instructor Perspectives on Managing Information, Misinformation, and Democracy in the Classroom: A Closer Look Virtual RoundtableLisa Lamson, Sam Mahoney, Brain Merkel, Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier, Jessica Warwick

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. Synchronous Sessions.

Student Perspectives in Online Learning Environments and Equity Live PresentationKiel Nikolakakis
Nature Relaxation: Connecting to Nature Through our Senses Bandwidth Recovery Session
Daniela Beall
Invited Address: Vice Chancellor Corey KingLive PresentationDr. Corey King
The 2021 - 22 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Embedded Consultants RoundtableVirtual RoundtableChristin DePouw, Tracy Fernandez Rysavy, Alison Gates, Amy Kabrhel, Carly Kibbe, Katia Levintova, Breeyawn Lybbert, Cary Waubanascum
Ungrading in the Writing Classroom: Assessment, Methods, and Responses to Class (Almost) Without Letter GradesVirtual RoundtableKristopher Purzycki
Fostering a Sense of Belonging for BIPOC Students at a Predominantly White InstitutionVirtual RoundtableChristine Smith and Myah Henderson
Wrap-Up and Closing NotesKris Vespia

Asynchronous Interactive Sessions

Quick and Easy Learning Outcome Assessment in Canvas On-DemandScott Berg, Todd Dresser, Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier
First Nations Students' Perspectives of UW-Green Bay - FilmOn-DemandKelly House (2021 UWGB Graduate)
Oral Assignments and Exams in Organic Chemistry: An Alternate Method of Communication and Assessment On-DemandJames Kabrhel
Making Sense of the New Student Evaluation of Teaching Form On-DemandLuke Konkol, Kris Vespia
Creative Commons for InstructorsOn-Demand Anna Merry
Students Studying Students during the Pandemic - The Story of the SAM Research Group On-DemandDianne Murphy