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Fighting Fire with Empathy

Fighting Fire with Empathy

“12 DEAD IN MASS SHOOTING AT THOUSAND OAKS BAR AND GRILL.” This  unfathomable notification jolted me awake just after midnight on Thursday November 8, 2018. As I read of the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill, my thoughts immediately turned to our CSUCI students who would frequent Borderline’s College Nights every Wednesday. I began crafting […]

Creating Space for Integration Through Student Choice: How Open Educational Resources (OER) Made my course more relevant for students

Creating Space for Integration Through Student Choice: How Open Educational Resources (OER) Made my course more relevant for students

A Brief Background The Dance in History course is taught online and fulfills the multi-cultural and/or art GE requirement. It is an important class for Performing Arts Dance Emphasis Majors, but the majority of the students come from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. When I survey students at the start of the semester most admit they […]

Meeting Student Needs in an Online Course

Meeting Student Needs in an Online Course

When I taught my first online course in 2014, I, naively, thought my student population would consist of a particular type of student. I was teaching for Extended Education in their Online Business Education Program, so I knew that all of my students were already working full time jobs. However, that session, and every semester […]

The “Unessay” for Student Learning

The “Unessay” for Student Learning

Written final research papers often fill undergraduates with dread, especially if the student in question does not feel that writing is a strong suit of theirs, or they see themselves as more creative. The “unessay” – created by historian Christopher Jones – allows students to bring their own disciplinary interests and expertise to bear on […]

Connectedness with Latinx Students as a White Instructor in Online Teaching

Connectedness with Latinx Students as a White Instructor in Online Teaching

I am a white, female Assistant Professor at a Hispanic-Serving institution and found that Latinx students in my online courses felt less connected to me than others. As more courses are placed online, instructors need to reflect on and improve such disparities. Here is my reflection. Compared to other racial/ethnic groups, Latino male students are […]

CSUCI Congratulates Its First-Ever Doctoral Graduates!

CSUCI Congratulates Its First-Ever Doctoral Graduates!

A Historical Moment On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CODEL) program hooded its first-ever graduates, making history–yet again–for the CSU. CODEL has been a history-making program. After former California State University Chancellor, Charles Reed, and Senator Jack Scott passed legislation allowing CSU campuses to offer doctoral degrees in Educational […]

Failing Grace

Failing Grace

Grace was failing. We were near the semester’s halfway mark, and Grace still hadn’t passed a single reading quiz. She had perfect attendance, and was always eager to contribute to group discussions. She was also one of the most positive students I’d ever had in class – one of those people who seem to slosh […]

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