This professional development program is available for free to all interested UConn employees.
The Inclusive STEM Teaching Project developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with support by the National Science Foundation. The asynchronous MOOC will be available again from March 4 - April 26, 2024. The content is designed to advance the awareness, self-efficacy, and ability of faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff to cultivate inclusive learning environments for students. Despite its label as "STEM" the course is relevant for all disciplines and broader participation is encouraged.
What’s in it for you?
Participants engage in deep reflection and discussion around topics of equity and inclusion across a variety of institutional contexts and strengthen capacity to contribute and improve the UConn landscape.
Benefits to your participation in the MOOC
- Access to teaching resources at a time where teaching inclusively in multiple modalities (in-person, online, hybrid/hi-flex) is essential
- Flexible learning – edX materials and activities are self-paced
- Opportunities to learn and refine skills in inclusive STEM instruction
- Documentation of participation in professional development (low fee for optional participation certificate)
We estimate you will spend 2-3 hours per week engaging in the course which includes review/completion of MOOC course materials.
Benefits to your participation in a Learning Community.
In addition to the MOOC, participants are invited to participate in a remote synchronous learning community concurred with the course. The next opportunity for a learning community specifically for UConn employees will be in the spring of 2024 The learning community will foster reflection and discussion and will run concurrent to the course. Past participants found it enriching to sign up together with another colleague from their home department. These meetings are an additional commitment of 90 minutes per week.
Register here for a facilitated learning community concurrent with the MOOC.
The alternative learning community option is to join synchronous sessions lead by UConn facilitators later. You can take the MOOC now and engage with its material any time starting March 4. Then meet as a community between May 31-July 19, 2024 (every Friday in-person remote, except the holiday).
Questions or can’t attend right now?
Please share with your networks and encourage colleagues to take part in this exciting opportunity!
If you have any questions or would like to recommend a colleague to the program, please contact Martina.Rosenberg@uconn.edu.
We look forward to hearing from you!