Inclusive Teaching Coffee Chats

The Inclusive Teaching Coffee Chats program is part of a series of networking events designed to facilitate discussions on inclusive teaching and active learning strategies among faculty in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES). It encourages and supports the intentional creation of inclusive learning environments and reflective teaching practices by faculty, graduate students, and staff campus-wide. This program builds upon the efforts and research from the nationwide, NSF-funded project on Inclusive STEM Teaching and is open to all audiences with an emphasis on supporting incoming and early career faculty.

Inclusive Teaching Coffee Chats aims to provide opportunities for networking among colleagues and space to share practical tips for creating inclusive learning environments and teaching strategies. Monthly topics will also focus on providing help with course redesigns and summarizing teaching impact for merit and promotion dossiers. We hope to give faculty space to enjoy a break, have a bit of fun and learn from each other collectively. 


Upcoming Chats

Winter Quarter 
Theme: Inclusive Teaching: Rethinking Learning and Assessment
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) Building, Room 2005
Time: 4:10-5:00 p.m.

Submit Your Questions Before the Chat

Topic: Student reflections 

 Did you know when students reflect on their learning experiences, they are more engaged and make deeper connections with the material learned in class? Student reflections allow instructors to address gaps in understanding in a way that directly addresses student concerns, and increases long-term retention. At this chat, we will discuss examples of student reflections that can be easily implemented in your classroom and how to assess students’ participation and progress. Come and share your experiences or bring your questions! 

Thursday, February 29, 2024
Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) Building, Room 2005
Time: 12:10-1:00 p.m.

Topic: Exams

Why do we use exams in teaching? What do we hope students will learn in our classes? Come to an engaging discussion on open versus closed book exams and the purpose of exams as assessment tools for engaging student learning in our classes. Guest speaker Debbie Fetter, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, will join the group to share research she presented at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference and the variety of tools and automated grading approaches she uses in her incredibly popular and sizable Nutrition 10 classes.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) Building, Room 2005​​​​​​​
Time: 4:10-5:00 p.m.
Topic: In class assessments, polls and quizzes 

In class assessments facilitate knowledge organization, help students to study and retain information. In class evaluations do not mean more work for faculty, but an opportunity to receive feedback on whether or not students understood the content presented. This month, we’ll discuss easy to use tools for in class assessment. Come and share your experiences and/or bring your questions.