Oregon State Ecampus • May 1, 2019

Thank you for inviting me to Oregon State Ecampus to speak about humanizing the online learning experience. I hope my presentation resonated with you in some way and you continue to reflect on one key strategy or concept you might consider implementing into your class or your work.

Below you will find resources that support my presentation.  I welcome your comments and questions at the bottom of the page. Or if you use Twitter, Tweet a takeaway to me @brocansky.



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. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-04-27-how-to-keep-the-human-element-in-online-classes

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 the amazing Mike Smedshammer of Modesto Junior College.

Toolkits & Other Goodies

How to Humanize Your Online Class Infographic
Humanized Syllabus
Behaviors and Strategies for Improving Online Instructor Presence


Triangular Trade by Matt Mooney
The Truck Stop by Michelle Macfarlane
The Sleeper by Michael Wesch
What’s a Fair Grading Policy? student panel, CCC Digital Learning Day, featuring Kelly Ann Gleason and Fabiola Torres
Benefits of a Liquid Syllabus


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.

Munoz, S. & Rendon, L. (2011). Revisiting validation theory: Theoretical foundations, applications, and extensions. Enrollment Management Journal. 5. 12-33.

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.

Rendon, L. (1994). Validating culturally diverse students: Toward a new model of learning and student development. Innovative Higher Education, 19(1), pp. 33-51.

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

Wood, 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.

Xu, D., & Jaggars, S. S. (2014). Performance gaps between online and face-to-face courses: Differences across types of students and academic subject areas. The Journal of Higher Education, 85(5), 633-659