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Speech Communications in the Virtual Classroom

Developed by Kyueun Kim and Mei Ling Chua In spring 2020, many of us were pushed to communicate and conduct classes through our electronic devices. The move to the virtual classroom, however, was not a simple 1:1 shift. Our interactions are being flattened to different degrees by video, audio, and textual modes that may or may not be happening at the same time. The move had effects that ranged from the subtle dimension of (not) seeing the physical expressions and reactions of others, to drastically rethinking how to accomplish different classroom engagements like lectures, students’ presentations, and discussions. Acknowledging this …

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Building Student Input in Your Syllabus

Developed by Talisa Feliciano As Bettina Love has noted, abolitionist teaching moves from, or with, critiques of injustice, towards liberation. This approach requires educators to put in “the work” of organizing around education in ways that center students, specifically from underrepresented backgrounds in newly created educational systems. bell hooks encourages the creation of an active relationship between educators and learners through the framework of an engaged pedagogy that is decolonial, collaborative, and anti-racist. This workshop will explore how we, as instructors, can facilitate learner input on syllabi as a fundamental tool in abolitionist and engaged pedagogy. This workshop will mix …

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Equity and Access in the Online Learning Space

Developed by Lindsey Albracht This workshop bridges the concepts of equity (broadly conceived) and accessibility, treating them as related and intersecting. Its intention is to increase our collective and individual capacity to become more equity and accessibility-minded educators: especially in the online classroom, where existing inequity and a lack of accessibility can sometimes be magnified, but which is also a place that can offer new forms of engagement and connection. Over the course of this workshop, you can expect to: Further explore, consider, and apply definition(s) and intersections of equity and access within the teaching and learning context on your …

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Mental Wellness and Education in the time of Coronavirus

Developed by Talisa Feliciano As we approach the fall semester, NYC as a whole and most CUNY students will continue to be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. This workshop explores how the transition to distance learning has impacted mental and psychological wellbeing in the context of a global pandemic. It will ask how trauma can inform learning, and present some key aspects to wellness practices for educators. This workshop will begin with participants viewing an introductory video on Trauma-Informed Pedagogy from Professor Mays Imad of Pima Community College. Participants will then contribute to a collaborative online document two of their biggest …

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