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Designing your higher education course to gain maximum engagement from all students

Do you feel energized about the ideas of diversity, inclusion, and equity in the classroom, but not know where to start? In this session, join Lynette Yarger and Chris Gamrat to learn more about inclusive teaching and course design in this interactive session. We will discuss actionable practices and considerations, and briefly elaborate with examples for your course design and instruction. We will then have time to reflect and write a vision of how instructors could use information/ideas presented in a particular course and follow up with paired discussions. The session will conclude with a whole group discussion of what participants learned/want to share.

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    Chris Gamrat

    Chris Gamrat earned a Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology from Penn State. Chris works for the Office of Learning Design in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology as an Instructional Designer. His current areas of interest include lifelong learning, learner agency, and course design for diverse student groups.

    Chris Gamrat earned a Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology from Penn State. Chris works for the Office of Learning Design in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology as an Instructional Designer. His current areas of interest include lifelong learning, learner agency, and course design for diverse student groups.

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    Lynette Yarger

    Dr. Lynette (Kvasny) Yarger is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology and the inaugural Assistant Dean for Equity and Inclusion the Schreyer Honors College. Her research focuses on how and why historically underserved groups use information and communication technologies. She is a recipient of the College of IST George J. McMurtry Teaching and Learning Award, and the Penn State Teaching Fellow Award.

    Dr. Lynette (Kvasny) Yarger is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology and the inaugural Assistant Dean for Equity and Inclusion the Schreyer Honors College. Her research focuses on how and why historically underserved groups use information and communication technologies. She is a recipient of the College of IST George J. McMurtry Teaching and Learning Award, and the Penn State Teaching Fellow Award.