I’m looking forward to presenting at the University of Maryland‘s Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference next Friday, April 29th. This conference is designed to bring the University of Maryland community, leaders from other education institutions, and members of the learning technology industry together to discuss how to define, foster, and engage students in educational success. Lindsay T. Inge and I will be presenting on the iDiversity curriculum development project, which we’re co-leading at the College of Information Studies. We look forward to engaging the University’s faculty, administrators, and instructional support staff as we collaboratively promote meaningful student engagement in diversifying and developing higher education curricula.
Inge, L. T., & Lieutenant, E. (2016). Student engagement in curricular innovation: Scaling iDiversity’s curriculum development project across campus. Presentation at the University of Maryland: Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference. College Park, MD, April 29, 2016.
iDiversity, a student organization in the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies (iSchool), aims to promote student agency in curricular evaluation and improvement efforts through the iDiversity curriculum development project. iDiversity is dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion, and accessibility within the information professions, and its curriculum development project aims to incorporate diversity into every course taught at the iSchool. Project members examine library science course curricula, compile suggested readings, and create discussion points to infuse diversity throughout each course’s syllabi. By embedding diversity into the iSchool’s curriculum, students are equipped with the knowledge needed to further promote diversity, inclusion, and accessibility within the information professions. This innovative curriculum development project supports students interested in playing an active leadership role in improving their own education by embedding diversity into their education. It also provides students with tangible curriculum design and project management skills that are crucial to their professional success. This project also offsets some of the workload traditionally assigned to individual instructors, some of whom may be interested in diversifying their course curricula, but lack the resources to do so on their own. We will discuss the development, implementation, and outcomes of this project, and how other academic units at the University of Maryland at College Park can engage their students by adopting this curriculum development project.