Making Virtual Learning More Inclusive for Transgender and Non-Binary Students






The rapid transition to virtual learning in spring 2020 created a number of challenges for instructors, students, and institutions of higher learning. Despite our continued learning in virtual environments, the question of how to make a virtual learning environment more inclusive still remains for many faculty members. In this session, attendees will engage the topic of making their virtual learning environments more inclusive for transgender and non-binary students. More specifically, attendees will learn the following: 1) why sharing information about changing names and pronouns in the virtual classroom and learning management system is important, 2) why sharing one’s video may be a less ideal method of engagement for transgender and non-binary students among others, 3) how to provide resources to support student success in a virtual learning environment, and 4) how to better consider general safety concerns for transgender and non-binary students who may be remotely learning from an unsafe space. After this practical session, attendees should be able to do the following: 1) understand how to communicate the importance of updating names and pronouns in a variety of electronic spaces, 2) recognize the need for flexibility with video streaming, 3) provide more resources for students in virtual learning environments, and 4) recognize general safety considerations for transgender and non-binary students who are remotely learning off-campus.