Best Practices in Inclusive Pedagogy for Online Asynchronous Courses: Syllabus Creation and Discussion Forum Design
Date and Time
August 18, 2022; 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Ayden Adler, Assistant Professor of Arts Administration, Department of Arts and Communication
The classroom, whether physical or virtual, is a reflection of the world in which we live. Research has shown that students from underrepresented groups often face additional challenges succeeding in the classroom. By implementing inclusive teaching practices, faculty can create learning environments in which all students feel like they belong and can learn at high levels. An inclusive classroom has two structured components: course design and the class environment. This workshop focuses on one element from each component, creating effective syllabi and designing engaging online discussion forums. Informed by authors such as Christopher Emdin, Paulo Freire, bell hooks, and Bettina Love, this workshop offers inclusive teaching practices that can be immediately put to use to benefit both faculty and their students. These practices are tailored for online, asynchronous teaching, but are also relevant in the physical classroom.
With degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), the Juilliard School (M.M.), and the Eastman School of Music (M.A., D.M.A., Ph.D.), Dr. Adler’s vision is to sustain the arts through robust inclusivity and diversity, superlative artistry, and innovative approaches to audience engagement and retention. Her academic research focuses on the history of arts and culture institutions in the United States from the Gilded Age to the present. Her current book project, Orchestrating Whiteness: Serge Koussevitzky, Arthur Fiedler, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under contract with the University of Illinois Press, addresses the historical roots of systemic racism in classical music in the United States.