Duck In

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TEP invites you to participate in a Duck In week of class visits highlighting inclusive teaching practices across the disciplines. While the content we teach varies from course to course and department to department, many of the teaching-related challenges we face are similar across contexts. This is especially true when it comes to being inclusive and helping students feel they can succeed. Faculty use a wide variety of strategies to foster inclusive classrooms: Duck In is an opportunity to share your practices and see colleagues in action. This program creates a way for instructors to make a one-time offer of open seats—and for colleagues to claim them. 


Claim a Seat

Observations Monday to Thursday, May 15-18
Celebration and Discussion Friday, May 19, 10-11:30 a.m.

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Image: Harinder Khalsa
"Observing each other teach gives us educators new teaching ideas and enhances our reflective teaching practices. When I observe other colleagues teach, I always try to bring something new in my own teaching environment from how they deliver the content and have the learners engage with it."
Harinder Khalsa, Romance Languages, Duck In participant

Visit a class


Why should I visit a class?


  • To see how another instructor implements inclusive teaching strategies and to spark ideas for your own teaching
  • To be reminded of what it’s like to experience a class from a student’s perspective
  • To connect with colleagues you might not otherwise see in action
  • Maybe to make a new friend!


There's 24 different courses to choose from! How should I decide which to visit?


Think about inclusive practices you're working on or would like to incorporate into your class. When you visit the Claim a Seat page, you'll be able to filter the offerings by inclusive practice, date, and time to find a course that works for you.

Sometimes the most helpful and illuminating experiences come when faculty visit classes very different from their own: consider observing a class in a department far removed from yours or of a very different size than your own.


What should I look for?


While this is not a peer review, consider using TEP's Peer Review Template to guide your eye when you observe the class. Also, pay attention to what the students are doing: what kinds of activities are they doing? How do they engage with the instructor and with their peers?


Should I give feedback?


It takes guts to open one's classroom to colleagues, and we want our host faculty to have a good experience. So unless your host specifically asks for critical feedback, please center any conversation you have with them on positive aspects of the class and how you might incorporate practices you observed into your own courses.


This sounds great! Where can I see a list of classes and sign up?


See the list of open classes and claim a seat


Open Your Class (Closed for Spring 2023)


What am I getting into if I open my class?


You'll decide which day(s) in Week 7 you want to welcome visitors. The amount of observers you will have will depend on how many you are comfortable with. This experience should not be disruptive for your students.


What is the goal of the event?


There's no pressure to be perfect. Our goal is to connect faculty and spark ideas, especially across disciplines. No feedback is required, but we encourage visitors to let host instructors know exciting practices they saw and would like to try.


What information do I need to provide in the signup form?


In the signup form, we'll ask you to identify some inclusive teaching practices you're working to include and that a visitor might see, like:

  • Building community in the classroom

  • Using strategies to help students feel seen and valued

  • Deploying a variety of activities and pedagogical strategies, including formative assessments

  • Connecting course content to everyday life, students’ interests, other disciplines, and/or prior course content

  • Being transparent about the purpose, task, and criteria for success on activities and assignments

  • Clearly communicating expectations for engagement in course activities

  • Explicitly exposing the process of expert thought

  • Helping students see/imagine themselves as practitioners in the field

  • Using elements of Universal Design for Learning, such as:

    • Making materials accessible through formatting text, captioning videos, providing transcripts, etc.
    • Providing multiple ways to access materials
    • Providing multiple options for student engagement
    • Providing multiple options for students to demonstrate their learning

We'll also ask you to provide one sentence about the context of your course and, especially, what you're proud of, working on, or inspired by as you think about it.

There's no extra work after signing up.


When do I need to sign up by?


If you would like to open up your classroom, you need to sign up by 5 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2023. Click here to fill out the form.



Let's Celebrate!

Duck In Celebration: Focusing on Inclusive Teaching
Friday, May 19, 10-11:30am
JSMA Papé Reception Hall
refreshments served

Duck In participants and all interested faculty, please join us to discuss the experience of opening and observing classes with a particular focus on inclusive teaching.

Do we have a shared sense of what inclusive teaching looks like in action? What teaching practices seemed especially important to participants, especially in sitting among students in a class? To what degree are these practices translatable across teaching contexts? What activities and resources are most meaningful in helping faculty envision, enact, and even, as peer reviewers, give feedback on inclusive teaching?

Register to attend the celebration