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Registration open for Oct. 21 TEACHxWSU event

All Washington State University instructional employees are invited to register for the inaugural TEACHxWSU, set for 9 a.m.–6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21.

Faculty, graduate assistants, administrators, and staff are welcome to sign up to attend in‑person at the CUB Senior Ballroom on the Pullman campus or through livestream to other sites. 

TEACHxWSU is hosted by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, with support from the Teaching AcademyAcademic Outreach and Innovation, and the ACCESS Center.

“The goal of TEACHxWSU is to share thought-provoking, evidence-based concepts and techniques with educators so that we can create high-quality teaching and learning environments for our students,” said Joy Egbert, event organizer.

TEACHxWSU participants can attend all day or wherever and whenever they can. Presentation recordings and transcripts, along with handouts and other resources, will be posted to the Teaching Academy website post-event, said Egbert.

UDL topic of event

To meet this goal, this year’s TEACHxWSU features national and local experts focusing on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The principles of UDL form a “framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how people learn,” explains the CAST website.

UDL guidelines provide both theoretical and practical foundations for the instruction of diverse populations. They also offer suggestions that can be applied to any discipline or domain to ensure that all learners can access and participate in meaningful learning opportunities.

This focus on UDL ties to the 2022–23 faculty book club hosted by the Teaching Academy. The club is currently reading Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education, by Thomas J. Tobin and Kirsten T. Behling, published in 2018.

TEACHxWSU 2022 agenda

  • 9 a.m.: Keynote speaker Kavita Rao, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, presenting, “Using UDL to Support All Learners”
  • 10:45 a.m.: Paul Krouss, “UDL in Online Spaces”
  • 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.: Lunch (in Pullman) and table talks
  • 1:15 p.m.: Robin Williams, “UDL for Students with Disabilities”
  • 2:15 p.m.: Michael Dunn, “UDL: Strategies and Practices to Help Students Manage Writing and Reading Tasks”
  • 3:30 p.m.: Ali Asiri and Priya Panday-Shukla, “UDL and Technology Across the Disciplines”  
  • 5–6 p.m.: Social hour with light refreshments 

Hosts and sponsors

TEACHxWSU is hosted by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, with support from the Teaching AcademyAcademic Outreach and Innovation, and the ACCESS Center.

Sponsors include the Transformational Change Initiative, the College of Education; the College of Arts and SciencesVoiland College of Engineering and Architecture; the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource SciencesWSU Libraries; the WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor; and the Student Washington Education Association (SWEA).

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