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From Gotcha to “You Got This!”: Online Teaching Strategies that Uplift Students, Build Interactivity, and Increase Retention
This interactive workshop will provide hands-on experience in building a simple, online “Encouragement Board” that uplifts the collective morale of a class, by archiving students’ positive and encouraging messages for classmates. We will also explore how and why transforming traditional assessments, like timed and multiple-choice tests, into lively, weeklong video/audio discussions can reduce stress and anxiety. These asynchronous discussions turn “gotcha” tests and their focus on “correct answers” into enjoyable opportunities that encourage risk-taking, and support student success and retention by expanding peer learning and personalization of course content. Strategies for quickly assessing student discussion posts will also be presented.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Create an “Encouragement Board” using Padlet (for free), which they can insert into their online courses, or add to a Canvas module for their on-ground course

2. Plan use of Flipgrid (for free) to transform traditional assessments like tests into video/audio discussions that reduce stress and anxiety, and present opportunities for peer learning, personalization, and individual success.

This session will include captioning via Zoom's Live Transcript tool. If you require additional accommodations, please contact support@cvc.edu as soon as possible with details.

Apr 27, 2022 02:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Jamie A. Thomas
Assistant Professor of Linguistics @Santa Monica College
Dr. Jamie A. Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Santa Monica College, and an Equity facilitator for the CVC/Online Network of Educators (@ONE). She supports the “Open for Antiracism” California community college initiative as a faculty coach–advocating for culturally responsive course content in which students can see themselves and their communities. In addition, Dr. Thomas is also an ACLS Community College Faculty Fellow (2021-2022) and Principal Investigator for the project, “Closing Racial Equity Gaps in Online Teaching of Introductory Linguistics.” Her research explores the racialized and embodied learning experiences of college students as connected to cultures of instruction and global popular culture. She has written and edited two books, Embodied Difference: Divergent Bodies in Public Discourse, and Zombies Speak Swahili: Race, Horror, and Sci-fi from Mexico to Tanzania and Hollywood (forthcoming). Connect with her on Twitter / Instagram: @jamieisjames