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Fall 2017 Discussion Groups

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Inclusive Pedagogy and Creating Inclusive Learning Environments

Imagine you are a student starting a class you know will be great. It's your favorite subject, after all! However, as the weeks go by, you feel increasingly like an outsider.

Your instructor uses very cultural-specific examples. While most of your classmates are nodding in understanding, you are left in confusion. You did not grow up in that culture. Discussions can be hard to follow and are too fast-paced for you to ask for clarification. When you share ideas in group projects, you feel that you are not being heard. You participate less and less. Maybe your grades begin to drop. 

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Let's make it our mission as educators to do what we can to prevent this unfortunate situation from happening. Our learners are diverse and have a range of learning styles, abilities, experiences, and cultures. Inclusive learning environments are ones in which all students feel their contributions and perspectives are equally valued and respected.

Join facilitator Jeff Goodman as we learn more about creating inclusive pedagogy and learning environments. We will read and discuss ways to design courses with varied materials, teaching methods, and learning activities to accommodate students of diverse backgrounds. We will also explore ways to incorporate diversity into our course content and learning outcomes.

Email CETL if you would like to join this group. Meetings will start Friday, September 15 and will be every other Friday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in CETL.

Small Teaching book

Small Teaching Book Group


Looking for fresh, small, and easy changes to enrich the learning experience of your students?

Join CETL's book group this fall as we discover new approaches in Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang.

FacApril Bleske-Rechek Photoilitated by April Bleske-Rechek, Small Teaching will present you with "an approach that seeks to spark positive changes in higher education through small but powerful modifications to our course design and teaching practices." A relatively small change, whether it's a 10 minute class activity or rephrasing a discussion question, can result in big learning.

Small Teaching is organized into three major units:

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If you would like to join, please contact CETL. Meetings take place every other week on Fridays from 11 - noon in CETL. We will meet four times during the fall semester beginning on September 29.

Teaching Academy: Building Inclusive Classrooms - Hmong Students and Culture


Charles Vue PhotoJoin Charles Vue, Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs, in discussion to better understand our Hmong students, as we strive to build more welcoming and productive classroom environments.

Attend one or more of the following sessions:

  • UW-Eau Claire student overview
  • Correct pronunciation of Hmong students' names
  • Where our students came from & what they brought with them
  • 40 years, Hmong in the U.S. - Who are our Hmong students?
If you would like to attend any of these sessions, please contact CETL. This group will meet four times during the fall semester, every other week beginning Thursday, October 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in CETL.

Teaching College Book Group

September 25, October 23, November 20, & December 4  |  Mondays from 4 - 5 p.m.  |  Human Sciences and Services 205

Teaching College by Norman Eng

What can we learn from marketers and K-12 teachers as we strive to connect with our students and keep them engaged? Join facilitator Cindy Albert in reading and discussing Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students by Norman Eng.



Teaching College is organized into four parts:

  • Lay the Groundwork
    • Understand the Common Problems When Lecturing
    • Focus on the Student, Not the Content
    • Adopt an Active Approach
  • Plan Your Lesson
    • Start with Your Syllabus
    • Develop Your Topic
    • "Touch" Your Audience
    • Craft the Lesson
  • Execute and Optimize
    • Use Slides as Support
    • Optimize Discussions and Activities
  • Help Students Succeed
    • Fix Lingering Issues
 Please contact CETL if you would like to join.