Meet the Learning4All Inclusive Learning & Teaching Seminar

The Fall 2016 Learning4All online seminar will focus on Multicultural Inclusive Learning and Teaching (MILT).  We invite current and future higher education instructors, student affairs staff, and administrators across disciplines – geographies, cultures and institutions – to gather virtually in this seminar to join together to explore inclusive learning approaches, share  strategies for cultivating rich learning spaces, and develop teaching practices that will support the broad range of learners enrolled in our colleges, programs and courses.

The seminar is designed for graduate-level learning, with three types of registration invited: Participants may opt to join part or all of the course via discussions and access to course materials, OR join in the discussion as well as opt to earn course badges for completing  one or all of the seminar teaching activities, OR to receive course credit at the University of Minnesota for joining in the discussion and completing the four seminar teaching activities.

The  “Welcome” module will open the week of 29 August 2016, with the first Seminar Module opening on 12 September 2016.  Each following Module will open at two-week intervals. The course wraps in December 2016. 

To register for the Seminar – for discussion participation as part of networking, professional development, as well as for badge earning and/or graduate course credit – click on the following link: http://z.umn.edu/oops2016registration.

What is MILT? What is an OOPS?

SEMINAR TOPICS

The MILT five topical sessions will be organized around these questions:

  • Module 1: Who Are We and What Might We Explore?

  • Module 2: What is MILT? (Philosophy Badge)

  • Module 3: Why Begin with Learning and Learners? (Assignment Badge)

  • Module 4: When Do Discussions Become Dialogic and Democratic? (Discussion Badge)

  • Module 5: Where do MILT and Course Design Align? (Course Design Badge)

EARN OPEN BADGES and/or EARN GRADUATE COURSE CREDIT

Any higher education instructor with an interest in MILT may register for the seminar by completing a registration form by clicking on the following link: http://z.umn.edu/oops2016registration.  This will initiate registration for participation in the seminar as a professional networking opportunity and/or to complete the seminar activities to earn open badges as part of professional development.

Graduate students who wish to earn credit through the University of Minnesota may register via MyU, using the following information:

  • Official Course Title – Teaching and Learning Topics in Higher EducationMulticultural Inclusive Learning and Teaching
  • Course Designator and Section Number – GRAD 8200, Section 2
  • Class Number 21338

Postdoctoral fellows – as well as graduate-level students who have not previously been/are not now enrolled as UMinn students –  can learn more registering as a non-degree seeking student by reviewing the related Preparing Future Faculty information page for GRAD8200 courses.

Participants earning course credit will complete four activities to earn Open Badges reflecting completion of professional development activities related to MILT,  (1) will complete one additional, short reflective assignment, and (2) will receive individualized feedback on all assignments from the course lead instructor in addition to comments gathered via peer discussion & feedback.

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS

Seminar participants will regularly make use Moodle, a PDF reader, and some Google Applications (documents, presentations, folders, surveys), with our public blog (www.learning4all.net) providing a space for gathering together seminar-related posts, tweets, and other social media shares.

In all, the basic technology needs will be access to a computer or mobile device supporting a browser, downloading/uploading of documents, and streaming of short audio or video files. Occasionally activities will offer the option of using FlipGrid or Google Hangouts, both of which require a build-in or attached web camera and microphone.

SEMINAR LEARNING AIMS

This seminar will become a place where participants…
  • Interact with – respond to, analyse, discuss – readings in a reflective practice mode, reviewing through multiple lenses, considering diverse perspectives, addressing personal contexts, and imagining professional possibilities.

  • Develop a personal – contextual, robust and dynamic – understanding of MILT through participation in discussion forums and activity workshops.

  • Engage ideas in multiple ways – spoken, verbal, visual/audio, and written – in order to create teaching/learning activities and/or artifacts.

  • Apply core course design constructs – course alignment, universal design for learning, and a range of critical multicultural pedagogical principles – to one’s own teaching roles and learning responsibilities in higher education.

  • Stretch to create among ourselves – and often beyond this course – learning spaces akin to those we seek for our students as we exchange and expand our viewpoints through our new interactions.

We propose these aims also as a necessary foundation for creating a learning community that practices inclusive listening, dialog and creation of alliances as part of bridging our divergent ideas, insights and identities.

AN “OOPS!” APPROACH

This MILT seminar is structured as an Open Online Participatory Seminar. Like other online courses large and small, each module will include select topical materials, interactive discussion forums, and linked assignment/badge activities that incorporate feedback from peers and teachers. And different from open participation online courses like MOOCs – massive open online courses enrolling thousands through organizations like Coursera – this small open online seminar features interactive learning on a manageable scale with world-wide participants, peer responders, and an instructional team who can actively participant in small and large discussions that emerge in our online space.

This seminar is neither instructor-driven nor content-mastery focused; rather, the OOPS! aims for on-going personal reflection built on active listening, dialogic discussions as participants explore vital questions, and sharing of newly created materials and significant resources in generating new knowledge.

To register for the Seminar’s networking, professional development, conversation and maybe badge earning opportunities, click on the following link:
http://z.umn.edu/oops2016registration.

 

 

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