Consortium announces spring inclusive teaching workshops

The Ohio College Teaching Consortium (OCTC) announces its spring calendar of events. The OCTC was formed in 2020 to provide accessible professional development opportunities in evidence-based teaching strategies to instructors from across the state of Ohio. The OCTC invites all Ohio State faculty, staff and students to join us for these upcoming inclusive teaching workshops:

Inclusive Pedagogies for Neurodiverse Students
Thursday, Mar. 3
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Facilitated by: Dr. Jennifer Yates, Ph.D., assistant provost for faculty development, teaching and learning; director of the Center for Faculty Excellence; professor, psychological science, Lander University. 

In this workshop, Dr, Yates will lead an exploration of teaching practices that create classrooms that better welcome neurodiverse students and are inclusive for all learners.  

Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Strategies for Teaching
Tuesday, Mar. 22
10 to 11:15 a.m.

Presented by: Rita Kumar, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Faculty Enrichment Center at the University of Cincinnati and former Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash.

Brenda Rafaei, Ed. D., Director of the Learning &Teaching Center and Professor of English and Communication at the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash. 

In this interactive session, Dr. Kuman and Dr. Rafaei will review concepts discussed in their book “Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Strategies for Teaching” and offer participants the opportunity to reflect on what is needed to adopt pedagogies, curricula, and assessment processes to become a more inclusive practitioner.

The Presence and Consequences of Stereotype Threat
Thursday, Apr. 14
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Facilitated by:  Whitney Gaskins, Ph.D., assistant dean of inclusive excellence and community engagement, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Cincinnati.

Stereotype threat is a phenomenon in which a person's concern about confirming a negative stereotype can lead them to underperform on a challenging assessment or test. Studies show that the self-awareness of stereotypes about one's group can suppress intelligence, motivation, curiosity and ultimately, achievement.

In this workshop, Dr. Gaskins will explain stereotype threat, the science behind it and provide strategies to combat it in your students, your employees and yourself.

For more information about any of these sessions, including registration links, please visit the OCTC events webpage.