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Towards an Innovative and Inclusive University Through Faculty Development

EasyChair Preprint no. 11802

16 pagesDate: January 19, 2024


Innovative and inclusive teaching strategies in higher education institutions are at the core of this essay. The paper reflects the results of an interdisciplinary research project in the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Unimore) located in Northern Italy that is also in the process of creating a faculty development system. The essay allows to reconstruct, by means of a wide survey (consistent with the AsdUni, Italian Association for the Promotion and Development of Didactics, Learning and Teaching in University) on the Unimore academic staff, the inclusive teaching strategies enacted by Unimore lecturers as well as their interpretation of the very concept of inclusion.

On the basis of the results of the initial survey that involved a statistically significant sample of academic staff, needs of support in teaching activities were collected that were further investigated through semi-structured interviews. These needs have been taken into account to design a series of training activities on inclusive and innovative strategies that have been implemented involving 151 participants, with some participants engaging in more than one seminar. The impact of the faculty development initiatives on the teaching staff was then evaluated by using Kirkpatrick’s model. Findings revealed a strong appreciation of training among lecturers, as well as a high level of perceived utility of it. Pre-post analyses based on microdata on students who have attended courses experimenting inclusive strategies allows us to capture positive results in terms of sense of belonging, greater satisfaction with the activity and feelings of social inclusion.

Keyphrases: Academia, best practices, faculty development, inclusive teaching, innovative methods

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  author = {Tindara Addabbo and Paola Damiani and Maria Cristina Gamberini and Antonella Lotti and Daniela Mecugni and Isabella Negri and Barbara Pistoresi and Chiara Strozzi and Chiara Tasselli},
  title = {Towards an Innovative and Inclusive University Through Faculty Development},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 11802},

  year = {EasyChair, 2024}}
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