Humanizing Online Teaching to Equitize Higher Education

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Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible - EdSurge News

Developing critical listening and speaking skills is an essential element of a student's higher-education experience. However, verbally presenting one's ideas and listening to contributions made by student peers are not typical experiences for online students, as most activities in online classes consist of reading and writing.


Unpacking the Problem of Unmotivated Online Students - EdSurge News

Recently, I received this message from a college professor in response to a blog post I wrote: "I truly believe in the benefits of online learning; but only for those who really want to learn. And unfortunately, those students are few and far between-maybe 5 to 10 percent ...

How to Keep the Human Element in Online Classes - EdSurge News

"Wow. I always thought my online instructors were computers." An online student shared this comment with his instructor after receiving an email from her that included feedback on an assignment. This story, shared with me by the student's instructor several years ago, resonates with me on an emotional level each time I reference it.

The Liquid Syllabus: Are You Ready? - MICHELLE PACANSKY-BROCK

by mcdarius CC-BY-NC Liquid content refers to web content that is highly shared - where the desire for sharing is driven by contagious or 'viral ideas' within the content. OK, ok. Maybe a college course syllabus won't become viral (for good reasons) but what if a course syllabus could transform into a content experience that...

Humanizing Online Learning with VoiceThread - MICHELLE PACANSKY-BROCK

It's really time to put the age old arguments about online classes being dull, cold, and alienating to bed and accept that these problems are only effects of the choices made by those who design, develop, and teach the course. If you are an online instructor who is aching to break out of the social...


7 Ways to Add the Human Touch to Your Online Courses

Michelle Pacansky-Brock works 400 miles away from California State University Channel Islands , where she teaches digital citizenship through blended learning and provides professional development for faculty who teach online and blended classes.



From Open Access to Open Learning - MICHELLE PACANSKY-BROCK

This article first appeared in the 2012 Spring edition of OnCUE Journal. In the 1960s my dad packed all of his possessions into his car and drove 3,000 miles in search of his dream. He grew up in New Jersey, the second youngest of fifteen first-generation American children in a poverty-stricken family, and the first to graduate high...