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Strategies for Antiracist and Decolonized Teaching

In the wake of the 2020 summer of racial reckoning, faculty and educators have increasingly felt the pressure to examine the role of institutions of higher education and their teaching in challenging white supremacy and oppression. Many educational institutions and academic associations published statements condemning police brutality and racism; signaling that academia was embarking on a journey of self-reflection and renascence....

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21 Ways to Structure an Online Discussion, Part 1

*This is a five-part series. Each Monday, we will be publishing the next consecutive part of the article series.   Five Online Discussion Ideas to Apply Learning Discussion forums. Love them or hate them, they are an essential component of online learning. They give introverted learners a chance to articulate their thoughts. They enrich the learning environment by giving everyone an opportunity to share their experiences. And they are...

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How to Structure Your Online Class for Inclusion: Two Principles for Fostering Engagement, Part 2

Principle #1: Build community to foster engagement online A sense of community fosters a sense of belongingness and is critical to student engagement.  Building a sense of community is a first step in ensuring that students are engaged in their classes, especially for historically minoritized students (Pacansky-Brock et. al 2020; Plotts 2019; Brown and Burdsal; 2006, Rovai and Gallien; 2005; Tu & Correy, 2002). To structure a...

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Meet Them Where They Are: Furthering Your Own Cultural Humility and Responsive Teaching

Hispanic | Latinx community college students, especially those attending Hispanic Serving Institutions, deserve to see themselves in their course content. Improving the process of online course design, including the implementation of best practices specifically created for this marginalized group’s academic success, will allow faculty to meet their students where they are. Examining the best practices for online course design so this...

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The Benefits of In-House Peer Tutoring

Many colleges and universities strive to provide educational opportunities to their communities by adopting open enrollment policies. As a result, courses, especially in STEM, have students with varying degrees of backgrounds. To help students make the most out of their college experiences, many educational institutions offer tutoring services to help students who require additional guidance. This article discusses the Tutoring...

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Engaging Students Online: Strategies to Enhance Your Classroom Community with Google Drawings, Google Slides, and Google Docs

Whether we are teaching online, face-to-face, or somewhere in between, student engagement should always remain at the forefront of our planning and practice, as keeping students active in the learning process is essential to their success. Thankfully, there are numerous tools available to facilitate active engagement. The following free Google tools pair with different active learning strategies to provide multiple opportunities for...

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Five Online Tools to Help Support a Learning Community in Your Course

There is no doubt that the COVID‐19 pandemic has radically revolutionized teaching methods and student interactions in the classroom. Like millions of teachers around the world not formally prepared for this global pandemic, it was quite challenging as an early-career second language writing instructor to meet and interact with my students who were often multilingual writers stuck in small chat windows. In March 2020, I wrote an...

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Bringing the Outdoors Online: Creating Online Field Labs

Field labs, common in natural resource and agricultural education programs, have learning objectives that can be hard to transfer to an online environment. Covid-19 has necessitated the movement of many courses into an online environment; this creates challenges for all courses, but particularly for hands-on or lab courses. It is important to remember that all facets of online courses do not have to be carried out solely on the...

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Building a Virtual Equity-Driven Learning Community

One of the biggest challenges I have as an educator in interior design is to prepare all of my students for success in an industry with no shortage of inherent biases. Interior design has a narrow funnel to success, and plenty of people on the margins face challenges being successful in this industry. Black design is judged on white terms. Queer design is judged in terms of its opposition to “normal” design. And although design may...