CVC-OEI Humanizing Challenge



Are you experiencing a feeling of loss over not seeing your students in person this term? Are you concerned about how this lack of human connection might affect your vulnerable students? Take the pledge to complete the CVC-OEI/@ONE Humanizing Challenge!

What is Humanizing?

Humanized online teaching ensures the affective dimensions of learning are addressed through instructor-student relationships and community, allowing connection and empathy to drive engagement and rigor (Pacansky-Brock, Smedshammer, Vincent-Layton, 2020).  The Humanizing Challenge can be done over three days – or at your own pace – and is designed to equip faculty with knowledge of culturally responsive pedagogy and a toolkit of online teaching practices that will support students who are experiencing trauma as a result of racial injustice, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

The Humanizing Challenge will provide faculty with an understanding of the theoretical frameworks that underpin humanizing, as well as specific strategies for initiating instructor-student relationships from the first click. This will be done by viewing the videos and completing the self-guided activities. 

The Humanizing Challenge is guided by the following questions:

  1. How do instructor-student relationships serve as the connective tissue for engagement, community, and rigor for our minoritized students – face-to-face and online?
  2. How might we create online courses that initiate positive instructor-student relationships from the first click?
  3. How does our emotional armor create barriers to our ability to design and facilitate equitable learning experiences?

The Humanizing Challenge is designed to support you with achieving the following goals:

  1. Analyze the emotional armor and cultural constructs that influence how you teach.
  2. Recognize the influence of trauma on your teaching and your students’ learning.
  3. Identify the connection between instructor-student relationships, engagement, and rigor.
  4. Record, host, and caption a 2-3 minute, imperfect welcome video for your course.
  5. Create a Liquid Syllabus with Google Sites to initiate positive instructor-student relationships at a distance.
  6. Be prepared to further develop relationships with your students and leverage those connections to ensure they reach their full intellectual potential.

Who should take the Challenge?

Faculty who are preparing to teach online and those who support faculty. To be successful, participants should possess the ability to navigate between multiple browser tabs or windows, download and upload files, record video with either a smartphone or webcam, and troubleshoot issues independently.

The Humanizing Challenge is comprised of recorded Zoom sessions and self-guided asynchronous activities. It is free and while it is designed for the California college faculty and staff, it is open to the general public.

What is required?

To complete the self-guided activities, participants will need a free Google account and either a smartphone, a webcam, or a free Adobe Spark account.

Ready to Begin?

Each section of the Humanizing Challenge is “stand alone” and you may complete any or all three.

Have a question?

If you have any questions about the Humanizing Challenge, please send an email to It will be forwarded to a friendly human who will be happy to help you. 🙂 Or leave a comment below.


  1. So happy to see this because the course was fully registered. I look forward to it; it will complement my current @ONE Intro to Course Design.

  2. I took @ONE’S course with Fabio last spring 2020. It was fabulous. I would love to be involved in this workshop as well to build on those skills.

  3. I try to humanize my courses as much as possible, and I provide them all my cell phone and email and correspond to each one. Still, I believe there is more I can do.

    • Hi Roza. That’s great. Please go ahead and register for the four live sessions. There are two sessions on August 11th, one on August 12th, and one on August 13th. You will receive your personal Zoom links (one for each session) in email.

      After each live session, you may proceed to complete the self-guided activities independently.

      I hope that helps.

  4. Since this is a self-paced program but I have to work on Aug 11th and 13th, is there any way the humanizing content for those 2 days can be available later for us to receive credit?

    • Hi Donna. We will record each live session and add the link to the archive as soon as possible. CVC-OEI/@ONE cannot provide verification for archived sessions. But you could check with your college to see if there is a process to support this option. Every college is different with regards to the type of verification they accept.

    • Hi Nouha. Thank you for your comment. Please proceed to the pages above titled August 11, August 12, and August 13. You will see a registration link for each live session (there are two on the 11th, one on the 12th, and one on the 13th). Register for each session and you will receive an email with your personalized Zoom link for each one. Attend each session using your link and you will receive a verification for each one from us. We cannot provide verification for the self-guided activities.

      I hope that answers your question.

  5. Sounds amazing, thank you and I will be there with bells on 🔔. Thank you to my DE Chair at CCC; Maritez Apigo for sharing this, hadn’t heard of it before she notified us! Registered for all three (3) days!

  6. Thank you Michelle and Fabiola! I made my first Spark video and I LOVE IT! I was inspired by both of your seminars. Gracias!

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