Teaching to Promote Belongingness

The promotion of belongingness should be a part of every fabric of any institutional identity and practice. The goal is to create an environment that is conducive to learning for all students from various backgrounds. To help build an enriching course climate that serves all students, instructors should strive for a classroom that fosters belonging and value for students of all identities, backgrounds, and experiences. Dr. Christina Cobb, the current Inclusive Teaching Fellow with the LT&ITC, sought out the opportunity to receive extensive training in Inclusive Teaching and the following resources have been gathered from her research and training. Additionally, the Center for Fairness, Justice, and Equity in the College of Education (FJE)offers Cultural Humility Labs where participants are encouraged to discuss aspects of culture, our individual cultural identities, and ways in which to improve our cultural humility when working with others. Please feel free to contact Dr. Cobb and/or the FJE to schedule a consultation and/or workshop.


  • Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R.-M. (2016). The online teaching survival guide: Simple and practical pedagogical tips (2nd ed.). Jossey-Bass.
  • Conrad, R.-M., & Donaldson, J. A. (2011). Engaging the online learner: Activities and resources for creative instruction. Jossey-Bass.
  • Darby, F. & Lang, J. M. (2019). Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes. Jossey-Bass.
  • Bailey, T. L., & Brown, A. (2016, June 1). Online student services: Current practices and recommendations for implementation. Journal of Educational Technology Systems 44(4), 450–462. https://doi.org/10.1177/0047239515616956

Microaggressions and Biases

Teaching Strategies

Course Design (Syllabus)