Student Experience Project: Practices, Pivots, and and Ponderings
Jennifer Reinke,Lisa Dysleski,Amy Cailene,Paul Laybourn
General Teaching Topics
Wednesday, January 13th 2021
In this collaborative presentation, instructors from across the university will present on their experiences working with the Student Experience Project (SEP) - a nationwide, multi-institutional initiative focused on increasing students’ sense of belonging on college campuses. In addition to providing a general overview of the SEP framework, presenters will share specific research-based practices they implemented in their courses, aimed at fostering students’ sense of belonging, encouraging a growth mindset, and promoting an inclusive classroom environment. Presenters will share their insights on what worked, what didn’t work, and what pivots were made based on regular student feedback throughout the semester. Class examples presented will differ according to subjects, size, length, and modality. Participants will evaluate messages about instructor mindset, equity, and student belonging conveyed through course policies, design, and phrasing in a course syllabus. Presenters will share examples of wording in a syllabus that can convey a growth mindset and address uncertainty students might have about their belonging.
Goals and Target Audience:
Upon participation in this session attendees will be able to:
1. Describe the purpose and goals of the national, collaborative Student Experience Project.
2. Highlight pedagogical practices that promote students’ sense of belonging, growth mindset, and inclusive classroom environment.
3. Critically examine a course syllabus for messages that communicate instructor mindset, equity, and student belonging.
The target audience is any instructor or graduate teaching assistant that teaches undergraduate or graduate courses, small or large, face-to-face, hybrid, or online.