Panel: Strengthening Inclusion

Elisabeth Counselman Carpenter, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Southern Connecticut State University.
Matthea Marquart, MSSW, Director of Administration & Lecturer, Online Campus at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

Day 3 Presentation

Presentation category:  Building online community/inclusion among adult learners

Engaging Adult Learners by Creating Inclusive Online Classroom Communities
Drawing from experience teaching synchronous, hybrid, and asynchronous courses on topics of diversity, in multiple academic settings, the presenters will share case studies, experiences, challenges, and solutions around creating inclusive online classroom communities that engage adult learners. The session will be interactive and supportive of participants, and will include concrete, practical strategies and practices for addressing issues of power, privilege, and oppression in online classrooms.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe ways to build a respectful and supportive classroom community that encourages participation from all students, including nontraditional adult learners.
  2. Discuss strategies for dealing with potential challenges around power, privilege, and oppression that may come up in courses.
  3. Identify pedagogical best practices from courses on topics of diversity that can be applied to courses on any subject.

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