Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

There's a lot of really good advice in this article that focuses on how teachers and instructors can promote more inclusive classrooms (and in the process, be better teachers and instructors). Samantha McMahon begins by pushing back against the recent tendency to blame online learning for inequity in teaching. The core principles of engagement, trust, participation and assessment matter offline and online. Student engagement, she says, is both an act of trust and an act of bravery. So let students know what's coming - ask them questions directly (to keep everyone involved) but give them enough lead time to prepare their thoughts. Share materials ahead of time. Be responsive to and supportive of different cultural practices. Don't always insist on looking at them eyeball-to-eyeball. And much more.

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