Two free online courses developed by IU School of Education faculty and students for K-12 educators are now available.
Culturally and Linguistically Inclusive Online Teaching and Responsive Engagement and Virtual Learner Assessment can be used by teachers navigating online education and caregivers who are supporting youth in virtual instruction. Both courses are eight credit hours each and are self-paced. Completion of each course should take about 8-10 hours.
Course content is guided by the principles of culturally-responsive teaching, second language teaching pedagogy and inclusive online teaching pedagogy, according to Faridah Pawan, Professor of Instructional Systems Technology, who led a team of interdisciplinary School of Education graduate students to develop Culturally and Linguistically Inclusive Online Teaching. That team included Angela Lankford, Jinzhi Zhou, Karen Pollard, Yichuan Yan and Zixi Li.
“The course takes teachers through an examination of their own implicit biases, activities that bridge students’ home and school experiences, linguistic and conceptual scaffolding in instruction, universal design for learning (UDL) to support varying learning styles and the enactment of teaching, cognitive, social and learning online presences in virtual instruction,” Pawan explained.