Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Engaging the Digital Student Summer Institute 2020: Enhancing Inclusion & Student Motivation

4-week online institute, Monday, May 18 - Friday, June 12: Remote Format

We have a very special eLearning Engaging the Digital Student Summer Institute (EDSI) program this year! EDSI will feature Dr. Margery Ginsberg, an internationally known scholar and educational development expert who specializes in adult learning and institutional change. We can attest from first-hand experience that working with Margery leads to deep change in one's thinking and teaching.

Margery will be with us to deliver her opening talk via a synchronous event which will be recorded. The eLearning team will offer a series of online sessions focused on using various technology tools in a mindful way to ensure inclusive and equitable practices. We'll use "Universal Design for Learning" as an organizing framework for our technology sessions. The detailed agenda will be available soon.

EDSI 2020 is a collaboration between eLearning and the NSF-funded "PASSION" (PolyTechnic for All) project. To that end, we're gearing our material toward STEM faculty, and STEM faculty will receive priority in registration. We have a limit of 40 total participants. Although STEM faculty will receive priority, any faculty member, full- or part-time, is welcome to apply. Stipends of $500 will be available for completing the Institute.

Normally, $500 stipends would be available for simple participation in a four-day face-to-face experience. Since that won't work, we will have reasonable "deliverables" instead. We're working things out so that the experience and creating deliverables will be about the same amount of time as a regular summer institute, about 25 hours.

Participants with all levels of Blackboard skills are welcome; attendees should be comfortable with basic aspects of online computer use including web browsing and sending/receiving emails with attachments. If you would like to get a brush-up on Blackboard, please visit the many tutorials available from our Learning Technologies page.

Registration for the Summer Institute is closed.
Please look for upcoming announcements for other training opportunities during Summer 2020.

For questions, please contact CAFE at

Inclusion and motivation are foundational to a productive classroom environment for learning, course completion, and equitable post-secondary outcomes. However, planning for inclusive and motivating academic learning among a range of students is often guesswork based on trial and error. This four-day institute responds to the question, how can STEM faculty (and colleagues in other fields) plan instruction that is culturally nuanced, inclusive, motivating, and academically effective?

Margery Ginsberg will offer a coherent research base, pragmatic tools, flexible teaching strategies, and a sample syllabus to make instructional planning in culturally diverse contexts inclusive and motivating without compromising rigor. Participants will learn and apply:

  • The relationship between effective instructional planning and planning for intrinsic student motivation in challenging courses
  • Four foundational conditions to coherently plan, initiate, and mediate instruction
  • Field-tested and research-validated intrinsically motivating teaching strategies, with tools, templates, and protocols to enhance learners’ emotional safety, value for learning, engagement, and competence
  • Considerations for teaching linguistically and culturally diverse students
  • Practices for equitable assessment
The eLearning team will facilitate the program on May 20 & 21. Participants will set a clear goal for solving an instructional problem or implementing new instructional strategies using technology as a tool, based on Universal Design for Learning principles and practices.

The eLearning team will offer two- to three-hour hands-on sessions on several of our major learning technologies, with the goal of having participants gain enough fluency with each tool to continue learning on their own after the institute:

  • Blackboard Ally for accessible materials
  • Blackboard “Peer Review” for student-to-student reciprocity
  • EquatIO for interactive, accessible math and science content
  • Microsoft Sway and Adobe Spark for student content creation
A specific agenda will be available after March 10.

Participants will be invited to form a faculty learning community supported by the PASSION Project, to continue working together after the Summer Institute.

For over twenty-five years, Margery has partnered with colleges and universities to enhance student intrinsic motivation and learning across academic disciplines. Recipient of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Relating Research to Practice Award, her work builds on experience as a university professor in the fields of educational leadership, adult learning, instructional improvement, and institutional change. For nearly a decade, Margery directed the University of Washington–Seattle doctoral program for aspiring educational leaders. She later served as director of an online M.A. degree program in diversity and adult learning. Earlier in her career she was a teacher on the Menominee and Southern Ute reservations, U.S. Dept. of Education-funded Title I technical assistance provider to state education agencies, coordinator of migrant education in a nine-state region in the Southwest United States, and director of evaluation for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).

Her recent books include Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adults, 4th ed. (2017), co-authored with Raymond Wlodkowski, Excited to Learn: Motivation & Culturally Responsive Teaching (2015), Teaching Intensive & Accelerated Courses, and Diversity & Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching in College (2009), co-authored with Raymond Wlodkowski.

Margery has a Ph.D. in Bilingual/Multicultural/Social Foundations of Education from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois and can be reached at

The PASSION Project, “Polytechnic for All: STEM Success via an Inclusive institutiON” is an NSF-funded grant collaboration among CEMaST, Psychology, Mathematics & Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, and CAFE. Dr. Paul Beardsley is the project PI.

Our goal is to implement rigorously supported inclusive STEM education practices that attend to student motivation in a manner that is practical and sustainable within our STEM classrooms.