Humanizing Online Learning, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, @brocansky

ETOM Fall 2018 Conference

Macomb Community College

Thank you again for inviting me to be part of the Fall 2018 ETOM Conference and for making humanizing online learning a central topic for your event. I hope my presentation resonates with you in some way and you continue to reflect on one strategy you might consider implementing into your class or your work.

Below you will find resources that were noted in my presentation, in addition to others that are relevant to the topic.  I welcome your comments and questions at the bottom of the page.




Online Articles & Podcast Episodes:

Community College Research Center, (2013). Creating an Effective Online Instructor Presence (PDF), Teachers College, Columbia University.

Pacansky-Brock, M. (2016, Apr 27). How to keep the human element in online classes. Edsurge.

Pacansky-Brock, M. (2017). On Being First, Teaching & Learning Innovations at CI, HumanizED Podcast, Episode 1.

Pacansky-Brock, M., (2017). Why Online Classes Matter,Teaching & Learning Innovations at CI, HumanizED Podcast, Episode 2.

Smedshammer, M. (2017). 10 Tips for Creating Effective Instructional Videos by  Mike Smedshammer of Modesto Junior College.

Toolkits and other Goodies:

How to Humanizing Your Online Class Infographic

Humanized Syllabus

Humanizing Tool Buffet

Behaviors and Strategies for Improving Online Instructor Presence

Get Real, a resource from San Diego Community College District and the amazing Katie Palacios.

Helpful Resources for Making Videos from Southwestern College and the amazing Tracy Schaelen.


Sample Community Ground Rules

Sample Student Info Form

Wisdom Wall (video excerpt)

Empathy in Online Teaching (a video excerpt of an instructor-student exchange demonstrating empathy)


Barnett, Elisabeth A. 2011. “Validation Experiences and Persistence among Community College Students.” The Review of Higher Education 34 (2): 193–230.

Borup, J., West, R. E., & Graham, C. R. (2012). Improving online social presence through asynchronous video. The Internet and Higher Education, 15(3), 195-203.

Delmas, P. (2017, May 31). Using VoiceThread to create community in online learning. Association for Educational Communications & Technology.

Harris, F. and Wood, J. L. Teaching and learning for men of color in the community college.

Jaggars, S. S. & Xu, D. (2016). How do online course design features influence student performance?, Computers & Education, 95, 270-284.

Jaggars, S. S. & Xu, D. (2015). Predicting Online Student Outcomes from a Measure of Course Quality, working paper.

Jaggars, S. S. (2014). Democratization of Education for Whom? Online Learning and Educational Equity, Association of American Colleges and Universities, 17(1). 

Jaggars, S.S. (2014). Choosing between online and face-to-face courses: Community college student voices, American Journal of Distance Education, March: 28(1), 27-38.

James, S., Swan, K., & Daston, C. (2015). Retention, Progression and the Taking of Online CoursesOnline Learning, 20(2).

Kaupp, R. (2012). Online penalty: The impact of online instruction on the Latino-White achievement gap. Journal of Applied Research in the Community College,19(2), spring, 8-16.

Pacansky-Brock, M. (2014). Learning out loud: Increasing voluntary voice comments in online classes. In Lowenthal, P., York, C., & Richardson, J. (Eds.), Online learning: Common misconceptions, benefits, and challenges. Nova Science.

Teaching Men of Color in the Community College, course readings from the Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA) at Canada College.

Wood, J. L. (2014). Apprehension to engagement in the classroom: perceptions of Black males in the community college. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 27(6), 785-803.

Wood, J. L., Harris III, F., & Delgado, N. R. (2016). Struggling to survive – striving to succeed: Food and housing insecurities in the community college. San Diego, CA: Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL).

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