Inclusive Teaching

How to Foster an Inclusive Classroom with a Constitution (Repost)

by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies In Fall 2018, Cathy Davidson invited me to repost from the Teaching Hub to the HASTAC (Humanities and Sciences Technology and Collaborative) website. And so I am returning the favor this semester by reposting something I promised to write for HASTAC: “To follow up on my promise from last

Thanks for Accommodating Your Students!

by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies Experiences with faculty are pivotal to everyone’s learning experience at our University. You, too, might remember more than a few teachers whose words and actions played a vital role in your education. In order to learn more about how we affect our students today at UA, a poll

Making History to Promote Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

by Ellen Griffith Spears, New College Learning the lessons of history is crucial to promoting diversity and achieving justice. University of Alabama students’ involvement in historical research on racial discrimination led to them “making history” in two ways — by writing about past events and by advancing the work of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and

Reflections on Inclusion and Equity in Digitally Mediated Learning Spaces

by Heather Pleasants, Office of Institutional Effectiveness After returning from the Digital Pedagogy Lab Summer Institute (DPL)*, writing a post about “Assessing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Digital Classrooms” seemed to make sense. However, I encountered a few challenges right away: Challenge #1: Who wants to read a blog post that starts with “assessing?”  (…crickets) Challenge

Critical Digital Pedagogy in the Modern Classroom: Expectations Vs. Reality

by Cherelle Young, Tuscaloosa City Schools What is Critical Digital Pedagogy? Kate Molloy, a learning technologist with the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at NUI Galway and a peer from the Digital Pedagogy Lab, gave a good, easy-to-understand definition of Critical Digital Pedagogy: “CDP is the practice of reflective, critical teaching in a digital space. We must remain conscious

Reclaiming My Syllabus

by Angela Benson, College of Education I have lost control of my syllabus. I’ve focused so much on making it meet the standards enforced by the online syllabus management system that I’ve lost sight of its true purpose: to invite students into a safe space where they can show and develop their greatness. I have

Digital Literacy: A Critical Approach

by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies On April 18, 1831, the faculty of four men at The University of Alabama opened its doors to fifty-two male students. The campus eventually looked something like this: The photo exhibits what some call the built environment of the original UA campus. Scholarly research on the built environment focuses

Three Kinds of Unknowns You MightShould Know… (Or, Cracking Open Some Johari Windows)

by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies You mightshould.   While strolling through the Kentuck Festival in 2013, I saw these words printed on a postcard made by the Southern Letter Press. I thought the phrase was odd. I thought the phrase did not exist. I asked a friend what it meant, and she said people say it

Teaching Slavery and Its Legacy Offers Unique Possibilities

by Hilary Green, Department of Gender and Race Studies Teaching slavery and its legacy offers unique possibilities. Since initial construction to April 4, 1865, the labor of enslaved men, women, and children had an integral role in shaping the University of Alabama (UA). By embracing this history and legacy in my classroom, I engage my

Fostering a Safe Class Environment for LGBTQ+ Students

Setting the Tone There are steps you can take to ensure your classroom is a safe space for all students. Some of these can be taken before the start of the semester. You can include a ‘classroom environment’ policy on your syllabus to reassure LGBTQ+ students that your class is a place for open, respectful