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Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion may involve anything from choosing course materials that represent diverse perspectives to designing your course for optimal accessibility. The resources below may be helpful as you seek to build courses that help increase the cultural competency of your students, build students' ability to engage in civil discourse and provide universal access to your course content.
Activities and Exercises
Adult Students comprise about 20% of the total Undergraduate Student population on ETSU's campus. Our Adult Students include First-Time Attendance, Re-Admits, and Transfer Students. Adult students can face challenges that some younger students don't, such as balancing work and family responsibilities.
Adult Learning Principles (Andragogy and Beyond)
1. Adult learners possess an extensive and valuable amount of life experience, and bring that to the learning situation.
2. Adult learners have a need to make meaningful connections of what they are learning.
3. Choice is an essential component for adult learners.
4. Adult learners need to know why they should learn something.
5. Adult learners need to apply what they learn to life/family/work.
6. Motivation to learn tends to move toward more intrinsic than extrinsic motivation.
(Inspired by Malcolm Knowles, Ralph Brockett, Jack Mezirow, Peter Jarvis, Knud Illeris)
English Language Learners
First-Generation College Students
These resources are designed to help ETSU faculty learn more about the strengths of first generation college students, the rewards of working with this unique population, and the challenges that may accompany working with students whose families have limited experience with university life and culture.
The CTE hosted a workshop on teaching first generation college students in April 2018. Dr. Michelle Hurley and Meagan Stark presented seven principles for helping first-generation college students succeed.
1. Encouraging contact between student and faculty
2. Encouraging cooperation among students
3. Encouraging active learning
4. Providing prompt feedback
5. Emphasizing time on task
6. Communicating high expectations
7. Respecting diverse talents and ways of learning
Other helpful resources:
Gendered Course Design
Addressing Gender Bias
Social Justice Video Playlist