While online classes provide students with more flexibility and new ways to collaborate, success in the online environment is directly related to how present and engaged the instructor is in the virtual classroom. In other words, making content available to learners is not the same as teaching. Human connections and human relationships are the fertilizer, if you will, that allows our students to learn, blossom and grow. Supporting our diverse students in this way helps create a more equitable learning environment.
Here’s an example of the “Getting to Know You” survey I mentioned.
Check out the Humanizing tab on Michelle Pacansky-Brock’s website for some great resources!