“Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom” MOOC

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Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Innovation is offering “Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom” as a massive open online course (MOOC) on the edX platform. The course will run from Monday, November 4 – Monday, December 9, 2019. If interested, you can sign up for the edX MOOC course here.

Duke community members who are taking the online course are welcome to join some optional informal brown-bag discussions any (or all) weeks of the course. We’ll meet Tuesdays from November 12 to December 10, 12:00-1:00pm in Bostock Library 039. Registration for the discussion brown-bags is not required in order to participate in the MOOC, of course.

About the MOOC

U.S.-based and higher education-centered, “Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom” MOOC is a five-week, instructor-paced online course for anyone with teaching responsibilities, at any level of diversity expertise. Modules explore strategies for inclusive course design, social identity and self-reflection, and pedagogical practices that effectively support student engagement and belongingness across difference. The course is:

  • Designed for anyone teaching, across all disciplines.
  • Open to all experience levels—no expertise in diversity necessary.
  • Approximately a two-hour to four-hour weekly time commitment for the MOOC.
  • The course includes videos, activities, readings, and opportunities for reflection.
  • This is a five-week, instructor-paced MOOC course (modules released weekly).

Through real stories, reflection, and key research, learn how to create and sustain inclusive, student-centered learning environments.

Cornell Center for Teaching Innovation

MOOC Learning Outcomes

If you complete the MOOC course, you will be able to:

  • Use a framework for inclusive course design,
  • Reflect on the implications of social identities—both students’ and instructors’—within the teaching and learning environment,
  • Identify evidence-based pedagogical strategies you would like to try,
  • More confidently model inclusivity and facilitate discussion when unexpected issues arise, and
  • Assess your curriculum and discipline to identify historical patterns of exclusion and inclusion and discipline-specific approaches to thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

If you’d like more resources about inclusive and equitable teaching, please contact Learning Innovation.

Amy Kenyon

Author: Amy Kenyon

Amy plans, implements and assesses faculty development programs for the improvement of teaching and learning, provides programs and resources designed to increase understanding of the teaching and learning process and manages personnel and other resources in the Teaching Innovation group of Learning Innovation. Her interests are in student-centered course and program design, curriculum mapping, assessment and engaging teaching strategies for student learning.