June 26-28, 2024
Long Beach, CA

Fostering Inclusion & Achieving Equity through Humanized Online STEM Courses

All Audiences

Presented by:

  • Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Ed.D., Faculty Mentor, Digital Innovation, California Virtual Campus
  • Frank Gonzalez, Mathematics Faculty, Saddleback College
  • Trishana Norquist, Biology Faculty, Southwestern College

Speaker Bios:

  • Michelle is an award winning online teacher and faculty developer. Her work has helped online instructors and institutions across the nation understand how to craft relevant, humanized online learning experiences that support the diverse needs of college students. In her current role as Faculty Mentor for the California Community Colleges CVC-OEI/@ONE, she coordinates professional development in support of quality online teaching and learning and is leading an intersegmental California Learning Lab grant project that will examine the impact of humanized online teaching on diverse students in undergraduate online STEM courses in California.
  • Frank Gonzalez has been teaching college Mathematics for over 20 years and has been a full-time faculty member at Saddleback College since 2008. While at Saddleback his efforts to improve mathematics education created a more student-centered department. Frank has also worked on several projects aimed at improving college STEM education, including being a founding member of the National STEM-Core Network and increasing minority involvement in STEM fields through projects such as the Orange County Bridge to Engineering and UC Riverside’s New Mathematics Gateway Project. He earned both a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from Western Washington University.
  • Trishana Norquist has been a Biology Professor at Southwestern College since 2016. While at SWC, Trishana has worked with faculty as their mentor in the Advancing Equity Teaching Academy, where bringing culture into the curriculum is one of the main goals. Trishana not only brings humanization into the classroom, but also on the campus and in her passions. Trishana has a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from SDSU. Currently Trishana is obtaining her Ed.D. in Community College Leadership where she is studying Black male athletes and their experiences at community colleges.

Session Info:

Studies show that racial and gender equity gaps are worse in STEM than other disciplines. Incorporating inclusive teaching practices into online courses is essential to supporting equity for all students and is particularly important in STEM courses. Humanizing is a model of culturally responsive and trauma-informed online teaching that ensures students experience the flexibility of online learning with a caring, engaged instructor who holds all students to high expectations.

In this session, you’ll hear from STEM faculty who completed a 6-week inclusive online teaching program, the Humanizing Online STEM Academy, and humanized their online courses. You will receive a trove of grant-funded, open educational resources in support of humanizing. This includes the curriculum for the Humanizing Online STEM Academy (in the form of a Canvas export file), which your college can adopt and facilitate, as well as preliminary research findings about how the Academy impacted STEM faculty and online student experiences, and more. Come on in! There’s plenty of room. Join the growing #HumanizingOnlineSTEM community!

Session Outcomes:

  • Explore preliminary research findings about the impact of humanized online teaching on STEM faculty and students.
  • Reflect on the experiences of STEM faculty who completed an inclusive online teaching program and humanized their online courses.
  • Access a collection of free, openly-shared, grant-funded resources intended to foster greater adoption of equitable online teaching practices in STEM.

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