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Institutional Diversity Messaging in Higher Education

60-Second SoTL – Episode 4 This week’s episode features an open-access article from Teaching and Learning Inquiry on institutional messaging about diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education. The featured project offers a great example of student-as-partners in scholarship of teaching and…

A large atrium with many windows, filled with students. A male student sits in the foreground, he wears an Elon sweatshirt and is looking down at a laptop."Creating interactive, inclusive content to engage students as they scroll through media feeds is vital to engage students and facilitate social connections."

Using Social Media to Support Student Peer Relationships

As academics from a large, modern UK university (Claire) and a medium-sized public US university (Mimi), we have been working with the Center for Engaged Learning as attendees in the (Re)Examining Meaningful Learning Experiences research seminar series for the last…

"Universal Design in the Classroom: Quick Tips to Try" with an infographic of the 7 principles of Universal Design applied to a door handle lever.

Universal Design in the Classroom: Quick Tips to Try

Universal Design applied to a classroom is the concept that structuring your course and course materials can simplify, enhance, and make accessible the learning in your classroom. It originally started with physical spaces and continues to expand into many areas…

A Quick but Necessary Chat

I have something on my mind that keeps coming up in my conversations around ableism in academia, neurodiversity in higher education, accommodations, universal design for learning (UDL), and topics in this realm. As I work to draft a couple blog…

"I am sure we are missing really exceptional people who will excel at whatever they are interviewing for."

Ableism in Academia: The Interview

The interview . . . the chance for face-to-face engagement . . . to assess and share knowledge, skills, excitement, “fit.” We use it for so many reasons including acceptance into a program, a school, a job—to award a scholarship,…

Many different countries' flags hang from strings through the air. With text overlaid: "When we assume that students need to go off our campuses and to other cultures to experience diversity, we have centered the majority experience as our campus experience. That is a problem."

Ableism in Academia: Study Abroad Experiences

One of the hallmark high-impact practices is engagement in diversity (AAC&U). Many campuses equate this to their study abroad experiences, which could be short-term, semester long, or combination programs. On our campus, Elon University, we have a high level of…

"Universal design is creating and building spaces that are intuitive and welcoming to everyone's needs."

Ableism in Academia: Universal Design

Whether you have heard about Universal Design (UD) before, or this is your introduction, I encourage you to note your first impression when looking at the unique space pictured to the left. To me, it is striking with the glass…