Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom Online Course

"I completed the course myself, and was impressed both by the moving firsthand stories of our students and faculty and by the specific recommendations, grounded in research, for enhancing the classroom experience. I urge our faculty to take this course during the coming semester, as it provides excellent tools for becoming better teachers."

Cornell President, Martha E. Pollack

Dates & Registration

The Spring 2021 course will run from June 1-30, 2021.

Please fill out this form to register.

You are welcome to take the course solo, or we also encourage you to take it with a friend or group of colleagues. If you would like to lead a learning community for your colleagues, please reach out to indicate your interest.

If you are unable to attend in June or are not a member of the Cornell community, consider taking our self-paced Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom MOOC, which is open to all educators. You may enroll in the MOOC at any time, and the course will be open to you for 5 weeks from your registration date (or for an open-ended period if you choose the fee-based certificate option).

We also offer two online learning community options:

About the Course

Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom is a four-week, instructor-paced online course for anyone with teaching responsibilities at Cornell, at any level of diversity expertise. Modules explore strategies for inclusive course design, social identity and self-reflection, and pedagogical practices that effectively support student engagement and a sense of belonging across difference.

Key Details

  • Designed for anyone teaching at Cornell, across all disciplines
  • Open to all experience levels—no expertise in diversity necessary
  • 10 to 15-hour total time commitment anticipated
  • Sign-up as an individual or in a cohort (e.g., within your college, department, or peer group)
  • This is a four-week, instructor-paced course

Course Content

The course includes videos, activities, readings, and opportunities for discussion with peers within the Cornell community. In addition to inclusive course design and teaching strategies, participants will be invited to reflect on their own formative experiences as learners, teachers, and members of disciplines. The content is divided into 5 modules:

Module Theme Topics
1. Teacher self-reflection
  • Social identity development
  • Identity salience for instructors
  • Your approach to teaching and learning
2. Student identities
  • Implicit bias and stereotype threat
  • Disability inclusion
  • Identity salience and affirmation in the learning environment 
3. Developing inclusive pedagogy
  • Evidence-driven pedagogical approaches 
  • Strategies for engagement and inclusion
  • Modeling inclusivity in unexpected moments
4. Examining curriculum
  • Inclusion in your discipline
  • Inclusive curriculum and course design 
  • Discipline-specific approaches 
5. Institutional change
  • Joining institutional change efforts
  • Action planning for application

Learning Outcomes

If you complete the course, you will be able to:

  • Use a framework for inclusive course design to evaluate and plan for inclusive teaching
  • Explore the implications of social identities—both students’ and instructors’—within your teaching and learning environment through reading, writing, and dialogue
  • Identify evidence-based pedagogical strategies proven to support student-centered learning across interdisciplinary contexts
  • Increase your confidence to model inclusivity and facilitate discussion, throughout the semester and when unexpected issues arise
  • Evaluate your curriculum and discipline to identify patterns of exclusion and inclusion and discipline-specific approaches to thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion