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Differentiated Instruction for Equity in Higher Ed

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2020 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

While designing online college courses it is vital to ensure an equitable environment where each student receives high-quality experiences that are aligned with their academic readiness and goals. Through intentionally unbiased and inclusive teaching practices faculty play a crucial role in improving learning outcomes, increasing course completion and graduation rates. Differentiated Instruction is a viable asset-based approach that can serve as an engine for learners who face historically systematic barriers in institutions of higher education. This presentation will provide faculty an overview of strategies and adaptive learning technology that engage their students’ prior knowledge and supports their performance by differentiating the content, process and assessments. Faculty will be encouraged to use learning analytics to structure their course to meet learners where they are and support students’ attainment of course goals.


Ruanda Garth-McCullough

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning, Achieving the Dream
Ruanda Garth-McCullough, Ph.D.,  is an Associate Director of Teaching and Learning at Achieving the Dream. For 12 years, Ruanda was a faculty member in the School of Education at Loyola University of Chicago. Her expertise in culturally relevant teaching guides her professional development work in the diversity, equity and inclusion space. She has worked with K-12 schools and colleges to train staff and instructors on the principles and methods of culturally responsive teaching and revise curriculum across disciplines.