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Dr. Kathryn Plank


Inclusive Teaching as a Path to Better Learning

August 29, 2013

We all want our classrooms to be as inclusive as possible, but what can we do to make them so? Guest speaker Dr. Kathryn Plank led participants in exploration of some of the theory and research on diversity and discussed implications for classes at UW-Eau Claire. Through activities and case studies, the group considered the different ways that diversity can enter the classroom, reflected on how educators may sometimes unintentionally exclude, and shared ideas for incorporating diversity so that it furthers the learning goals for students.

Kathryn M. Plank, PhD, is Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Assistant Professor of Education at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. She has been an educational developer for over 20 years, working at both Penn State and Ohio State before moving to Otterbein in 2012, and has taught college classes in both English and education. Her current scholarship focuses on program assessment, diversity, online learning, course design, and team teaching. In 2011, she edited the book, Team Teaching: Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy. She currently serves as President of the POD Network in Higher Education, the professional association for educational development in the United States.