Those principles are crafted to ensure designs are not systematically biased, that each student feels valued and affirmed, and that students are offered multiple means of expression to demonstrate knowledge. All that’s just from this wide-ranging and inspiring volume’s first few chapters. Subsequent sections continue the student-minded, data-driven road-maps to all that online education could be, as the authors offer illuminating strategies, rubrics, and analysis tools at the classroom and the institutional level. Any teacher of an online course will find value in the discussions of “compassionate grading” (offering empathetic correctives while avoiding grade inflation) or the development of a “person-centered” approach that fully “activates student strengths” and forges “relevant, meaningful connections to their lives.”
Walden has committed to a mission of positive social change, and chapters aimed at the institutional level call for a change to traditional strategic planning in favor of “operational plans designed to sustain a culture of community commitment and ensure an inclusive teaching and learning environment.” Another examines innovative “self-assessment toolkit” to help colleges and universities “assess their own readiness to serve historically underserved students.” Anyone teaching, administering, or thinking seriously about online education will find much here that’s urgent and revelatory.
Takeaway: Preictal yet inspiring academic papers on how to achieve the best for students in online learning.
Great for fans of: Michael Simonson, Susan, Zvacek, and Sharon Smaldino’s Teaching and Learning at a Distance, Routledge’s Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning series.
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