Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom MOOC


"Seeing students reflect on what has worked and what hasn’t worked for them in the classroom was powerful and is what continues to resonate with me...One concept I took away: In order to meet the students where they are, you have to know where you are." 

—Sarah Wolfolds, Assistant Professor and Andrew M. Paul Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow at Cornell

Cornell's Center for Teaching Innovation is offering Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom as a massive open online course (MOOC). 

The Fall 2019 course ran from Monday, November 4 - Monday, December 9, 2019 at edX.org.

The Spring 2020 course will run from February 17 - March 23, 2020.

If your campus or institution is interested in forming a faculty learning community or cohort-based learning experience, please share your contact information to receive more information, including a coordinator’s guide.

About the Course

U.S.-based and higher education-centered, the Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom MOOC is a five-week, instructor-paced online course for anyone with teaching responsibilities, 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 belongingness across difference. The course is:

  • Designed for anyone teaching, across all disciplines

  • Open to all experience levels—no expertise in diversity necessary
  • Approximately 2-4-hour weekly time commitment 
  • This is a five-week, instructor-paced course (modules released weekly).

The course includes videos, activities, readings, and opportunities for reflection. You will explore:

  • Your own formative experiences as learners, teachers, and members of disciplines 

  • A framework for inclusive course design and related resources
  • Strategies and exercises helpful in communicating effectively, facilitating discussion, and modeling inclusivity when unexpected issues arise
  • Opportunities to reflect on the implications of social identities — both students’ and instructors’— within the teaching and learning environment
  • Evidence-based learning strategies

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Use a framework for inclusive course design

  • Reflect on the implications of social identities—both students’ and instructors’—within the teaching and learning environment
  • Identify evidence-based pedagogical strategies you would like to try
  • Increase your confidence to model inclusivity and facilitate discussion when unexpected issues arise, and
  • Assess your curriculum and discipline to identify historical patterns of exclusion and inclusion and discipline-specific approaches to thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion.