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In addition to the Center’s workshops, there are many online opportunities for students, staff and faculty to further their learning and knowledge regarding LGBTQ+ identities and communities. Below is a curated list of online learning opportunities that are easy to access and free to learners.

Pride Teach-Out: In the fall of 2019, the Spectrum Center and the Office for Academic Innovation created the Pride Teach-Out. This free 5-hour mini-course delves into the complexities of Pride as an event and as a feeling for individuals within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community, also referred to as LGBTQ. The production team interviewed several individuals who self-identify within the LGBTQ community in order to provide you with direct narratives and experiences. You can access the course here: https://bit.ly/2VnCdNk

LGBTQ+ Coursera Courses: Coursera, an online platform for training and courses, offers a range of courses curated around the LGBTQ+ experience. This blog post from Queersera, Coursera’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group, includes a list of LGBTQ+ courses available on Coursera for any UM student, staff and faculty. The courses include an introduction to LGBTQ+ identities from the University of Colorado, a health-specific Gender 101 course from Stanford University, an exploration of transgender and non-binary identities from the University of Minnesota, and a course on LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace from the University of Pittsburgh.

University of Maryland LGBTQ Learning Modules: The LGBTQ Equity Center at the University of Maryland provides a series of online learning modules for individuals who seek to learn more about transgender and gender identity issues. These learning webinars cover a wide range of topics from LGBTQ+ inclusion in the classroom, trans inclusion practices, and LGBTQ+ people of color and intersectionality.

University of Wisconsin-Madison LGBTQ+ Resources: The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a resource site with links to resources regarding LGBTQ+ identities and communities. These resources include topics such as trans-inclusive classroom practices, intersex identities, bystander intervention and LGBTQ+ allyship. 

LinkedIn Learning LGBTQ+ Trainings: Through a partnership with Linkedin Learning, UM’s HR provides students, staff and faculty the opportunity to access online learning modules at no cost in order to further their own learning and skill-building. LinkedIn Learning includes videos, learning paths, documents and learning paths around LGBTQ+ topics, including this DEI collection from HR Organizational Learning.

LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Online Teaching: The Thriving on Campus Collective, based in Ontario, Canada, published a webinar series on LGBTQ+ inclusion in online teaching. The webinar series features experienced scholars presenting on various topics related to online learning, teaching and LGBTQ+ inclusion.