Learning and using students’ names, and encouraging students to do the same with each other, is essential for building community in your class. There are many creative ways to encourage students to learn and use names. In this 30-minute session, we will experience two simple activities and discuss others

The primary audience is faculty, instructors (including teaching assistants), and instructional staff who directly support teaching and learning. Those who are teaching or actively supporting the classroom experience this academic year will benefit the most, as we will be focusing on teaching practices and the ways that participants can apply these practices in their current teaching.

This webinar falls under the following themes:

  • Supporting Group Work; 
  • Integration, Inclusion and Community Building in the Classroom;
  • Supporting multilingual students: engaging & embracing linguistic diversity


“The most worthwhile aspect of this webinar for me were the examples of activities, and also the thoughtful advice on how instructors can navigate times when they've misremembered the pronunciation of a student's name were extremely helpful.” 2020 participant

This webinar is part of the International Student Academic Integration (ISAI) initiative. The International Student Academic Integration initiative is funded by the International Student Academic Services Fee and offered in partnership between the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance and the Center for Educational Innovation.
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Section Title
What's in a Name?
Online, instructor led
9:00AM to 9:30AM
Aug 20, 2024
Online (US Central Time)
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online (US Central Time)
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Non-University of Minnesota participants $50.00
UMN Faculty, Instructors, Teaching Staff $0.00
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