Learning Lab | How to Create and Teach Engaging, Equitable, and Inclusive Online Classes

Part 1: April 7 | 3:00–4:00 p.m.ET
Part 2: April 12 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET
Part 3: April 19 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET
Part 4: April 26 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET


Online courses can feel isolating, dry, and unengaging for both students and faculty. The distance inherent in synchronous and asynchronous online classes raises barriers to meaningful interactions that foster effective learning. But we can create online courses that welcome and support all of our students, classes that are intentionally designed not to exclude or marginalize people, and that faculty find rewarding to teach as well. With a focus on Universal Design for Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and social and emotional connections that promote a strong learning community, we'll explore ways of designing and facilitating online courses to promote rich and robust teaching and learning interactions.

Learning Outcomes:

NOTE: You will be asked to complete assignments in between the Learning Lab segments that support the learning outcomes stated below. You will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators.

  • Discuss evidence-based course design and facilitation strategies that promote equitable and inclusive online engagement
  • Explain and begin to apply Culturally Responsive Teaching approaches
  • Explain and begin to apply Universal Design for Learning principles
  • Identify practical techniques to maximize social and emotional connections for increased student learning

Target Audience

Faculty, instructional designers, educational developers, librarians, and online program administrators


Flower Darby Flower Darby, Scholar of equitable and inclusive teaching; Lead author, Small Teaching Online