Framing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Professional Development

Concurrent Session 5
Streamed Session Equity and Inclusion

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Brief Abstract

To align with OLC’s strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), the Institute for Professional Development has both revised existing and developed new workshops and programs using a DEI framework that models effective practices and offers guidance for incorporating DEI principles into curriculum and course design.


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Dylan Barth is the Director of Professional Learning at OLC. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership and vision for the Institute for Professional Development, which offers a wide range of virtual programs intended to engage online, blended, and digital learning professionals at every level. Dylan has 20+ years of experience teaching in higher education and 12+ years working in faculty and instructional development. Prior to joining OLC, Dylan worked at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, where he developed and facilitated workshops and offered departmental and individual consultations to instructors teaching online, blended, and face-to-face courses; at UWM, he also taught courses in Women’s & Gender Studies and the Honors College. Dylan graduated from OLC’s Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) program in 2017 and has served as a track chair for several OLC conferences. Dylan holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis on masculinities in contemporary post-apocalyptic fiction.
Kaitlin Garrett is an instructional designer at the Online Learning Consortium within the Institute for Professional Development. Her primary responsibilities include designing and developing the self-paced workshop curriculum, updating and facilitating the accessibility-related online workshops, and supporting the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate program. She has developed a passion for web accessibility and universal design and has led multiple pre-conference workshops on the WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), with a focus on the importance of designing for accessible and inclusive learning environments. Prior to joining OLC, Kaitlin was a module coordinator at the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine. She assisted first-year module directors and faculty teams with the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional materials used in both synchronous and asynchronous environments. Kaitlin holds a MA in Educational Leadership (Higher Education/Student Personnel), a graduate certificate in Instructional Design and Technology (e-Learning), and a BS in Psychology from the University of Central Florida.
Zeren Eder has over 20 years of experience in higher education and has been designing, developing and facilitating online and blended courses since 2005. Prior to joining OLC in 2010, Zeren worked as faculty in various institutions teaching face-to-face, blended and online courses. Currently, she works as Instructional Designer for OLC Institute for Professional Development while at the same time overseeing OLC's Online Teaching Certificate and the Workshop programs. Zeren holds a BA in Education with emphasis in English, MA in Linguistics, ABD status in English Literature and is also an OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program alumni.
Elisabeth Stucklen has worked in online higher education and instructional design for over 17 years. She currently works as an Instructional Designer in OLC's Institute for Professional Development, primarily managing the Instructional Designer Certificate Program and related instructional designer workshops, and provides support to the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) Program. Prior to joining OLC, she worked as the Senior Instructional Designer at Mount Washington College in Manchester, NH, where she was responsible for creating new online courses, providing training and support for faculty, and assisting the director in monitoring the course development process. Before MWC, she worked at Lesley University providing professional development and course design assistance to faculty. In addition to her role with the OLC, Elisabeth also teaches online for Brandeis University in their Masters in Learning Experience Design program and is a mentor in the Educause ID2ID cross-mentoring program for instructional designers. Elisabeth holds a Masters of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University and a Bachelors of Science in Visual Communication Technology from Lesley University.

Extended Abstract

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a strategic priority for the Online Learning Consortium as a means to ensure access to quality for all learners by centering internal organizational and external community actions on equitable and inclusive principles. In order to align with OLC’s strong commitment to DEI, the Institute for Professional Development has both revised existing and developed new workshops and programs using a DEI framework that models effective practices and offers guidance for incorporating DEI principles into curriculum and course design.

Join OLC’s Director of Professional Learning and the Institute for Professional Development’s instructional design team to learn more about the selection process and the number of DEI-related indicators that were added to their customized version of the OSCQR Course Design Review Scorecard that is utilized when developing and refreshing workshops and programs within the Institute. The team will also share several examples that have already been implemented throughout their professional development offerings, specific program language and policy updates, as well as a checklist that was developed to help encourage inclusive teaching practices among Institute facilitators.