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Best Practices for Exploring Culturally Responsive Teaching and Design in the Online Environment

OPWL Webinar

Today’s online classroom can be culturally diverse for a variety of reasons, including international students studying in the United States or taking online classes while in their own country, as well as American students who may come from culturally-diverse families and communities (Open Doors, 2016; NAFSA, 2012). Additionally, newer modalities of online learning are also bringing educational opportunities to students around the globe, distributed and taught in various ways through colleges and universities in the United States. This trend toward a “globalization” of distance education, specifically online learning, provides an environment ripe for investigation of research-based practices for designing and teaching online courses for culturally-diverse students.

This webinar aims to: highlight the importance of social presence in the online classroom, demonstrate the direct connection between course design and online presence/interaction, describe ways social presence can be impacted by cultural identity and differences, and theorize culturally-responsive instructional design strategies and methods to enhance social presence online, thereby enhancing quality online learning opportunities for the growing population of culturally diverse online learners.

  • Amy Grincewicz

    Amy Grincewicz

    Amy Grincewicz received her Ph.D. from Capella University in Instructional Design for Online Learning. She also has Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Heidelberg University in Biology and Mathematics and a Master of Science (M.S.) from the Ohio State University in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. Her dissertation focused on instructional design strategies to promote deep learning within accelerated online courses across various disciplines.

    Grincewicz is a full-time senior instructional designer focused on faculty development and the design of online courses. In addition, she serves as a Quality Matters Coordinator for Kent State University. She has several publications within peer-reviewed journals and edited texts that focus on a variety of topics within instructional design. Finally, she has taught a variety of courses for undergraduates, masters, and doctoral learners in Biology, Statistics, and Education.

    Amy Grincewicz received her Ph.D. from Capella University in Instructional Design for Online Learning. She also has Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Heidelberg University in Biology and Mathematics and a Master of Science (M.S.) from the Ohio State University in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. Her dissertation focused on instructional design strategies to promote deep learning within accelerated online courses across various disciplines.

    Grincewicz is a full-time senior instructional designer focused on faculty development and the design of online courses. In addition, she serves as a Quality Matters Coordinator for Kent State University. She has several publications within peer-reviewed journals and edited texts that focus on a variety of topics within instructional design. Finally, she has taught a variety of courses for undergraduates, masters, and doctoral learners in Biology, Statistics, and Education.

  • Bethany Simunich

    Dr. Bethany Simunich

    Dr. Bethany Simunich is the Director of Online Pedagogy and Research at Kent State University, and has worked in online learning for over 15 years.  In her current role, she works with faculty, administrators, instructional designers, and educational technologists in developing learner-centered educational solutions that are both student and faculty friendly. She is a Senior Research Colleague with Quality Matters, as well as a Master Reviewer and workshop Facilitator, and also creates and presents customized workshops on instructional design and online teaching at universities and conferences. Her research interests include presence and engagement in the online classroom, online student and instructor satisfaction, and rigor and outcome achievement in online courses.

    Dr. Bethany Simunich is the Director of Online Pedagogy and Research at Kent State University, and has worked in online learning for over 15 years.  In her current role, she works with faculty, administrators, instructional designers, and educational technologists in developing learner-centered educational solutions that are both student and faculty friendly. She is a Senior Research Colleague with Quality Matters, as well as a Master Reviewer and workshop Facilitator, and also creates and presents customized workshops on instructional design and online teaching at universities and conferences. Her research interests include presence and engagement in the online classroom, online student and instructor satisfaction, and rigor and outcome achievement in online courses.