In a recent webinar (hosted by the American Sociological Association on March 19, 2020), I gave a brief talk about online learning and supports for marginalized students. This post is not meant to replicate the talk, but rather provide some supporting resources for those looking to make their online course more inclusive in the short term.
If you want to take a look at what was covered, you can find the deck I presented here.
Find below some additional resources organized by the themes in the talk:
Some light reading on how to set expectations for yourself and your students when as you switch to online teaching mid-semester:
- Douglas N. Harris, “Using federal stimulus to get schools through the coronavirus crisis: The case for summer school and summer teacher pay“
- Justin Reich, “The Case for Shutting Schools Down Instead of Moving Classes Online“
- Kevin Carey, “Everybody Ready for the Big Migration to Online College? Actually, No“
- Jess Calarco’s “Online learning will be hard for kids whose schools close – and the digital divide will make it even harder for some of them“
Links to resources mentioned in the talk on tips to mitigate student digital divides in technology access:
- Sample survey approaches to understand your students’ device and internet access, device and software familiarity, and preferences: Emeline Brulé’s survey, Anna Mueller’s approach, and Jess Calarco’s approach
- Quick accessibility tools: MS Word’s accessibility checker, how to PDF your documents, and live automatic captioning
Link to resources mentioned in the talk on tips to mitigate online participation gap: