Top 20 Inclusive Classroom Strategies

Concurrent Session 1

Brief Abstract

Join us as we explore inclusive classrooms and share our Top 20 strategies that we use to create classroom inclusivity for our on-campus and online students. We will give you the strategies and tools you need to create your own inclusive classroom during this session, including an inclusive classroom checklist. 


Over 20 years in adult education and curriculum development. Online learning is my modality and I partner with e-learning developers to implement best practices in instructional design and educational pedagogy for teaching and learning.
Kim is the Anderson Distinguished Professor and the Associate Director of the Interprofessional Academy of Educators at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has been involved in sonography education at UNMC since 1991 and has served as the Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography education program since 1998. Kim is a Fellow in the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, currently serving on its board of directors, the SDMS Foundation and multiple committees. She is an active member of the Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologists, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences. She has authored more than 40 publications related to sonographic clinical practice and education and has presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences. Her research interests include open book testing, mindfulness in the classroom, and simulation in medical education.
Tanya Custer is an assistant professor in the Division of Radiation Science Technology Education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Tanya’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiation Science Technology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center studying both radiography and radiation therapy. In 2009, Tanya earned a Master of Science Degree in Leadership Education with a specialization in Distance Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Tanya held positions as both a staff radiation therapist and a clinical education coordinator prior to becoming faculty at UNMC in 2006. Tanya is active in the Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologist currently serving as President Elect and student bowl coordinator. In the past she has held board positions as nominations chair and advisory board member. She is currently serving as the NSRT affiliate delegate to the ASRT House of Delegates and has held the position of alternate delegate in years prior. Tanya has lectured at numerous local, state, regional and national conferences over the past several years. Her research interests include the role of the radiologic technologists in the treatment of the Ebola patient, using the flipped classroom in the education of imaging science students, using the Anatomage Virtual dissection table in the education of imaging science students and instructional technology and distance education for imaging science education.

Extended Abstract

An inclusive classroom refers to the climate and environment of the classroom where all students feel supported academically and intellectually. But did you know that creating an inclusive classroom does NOT require significant changes or time-consuming course redesigns? You can create a space where students and faculty have a sense of belonging in the classroom regardless of identity, learning preferences, or education by being more intentional about your classroom teaching techniques, topics, readings, and assessments. 

Are you wondering how to get started creating an inclusive classroom? Or maybe you want to level up and create a more inclusive classroom? If you answered yes to any of the above questions or are just curious and want to learn more, please join us!   

In this session, we will discuss inclusive classrooms and why the climate and environment of the classroom lay a foundation where ALL students feel supported academically and intellectually. We will share multiple examples of inclusive classroom strategies and highlight our top twenty inclusive classroom examples to help you create your inclusive classroom foundation. Finally, we will give you the tools to develop your inclusive classroom strategy plan by sharing a checklist and a little guidance from us and the audience.  

Throughout the session, there will be opportunities for participants to share their inclusive practices and strategies through interactive polling and discussion. Content and the checklist from the session are based on “The Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia,” Appert, L., Jungels, A., Bean, C., Klaf, S., Irvin, A., & Phillipson, M. (2018). Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia. Columbia Centre for Teaching and Learning.