Our proposed OTC session reflects the overall OTC theme, Silver Linings: Reflecting. Revisioning. Rising, and will address issues of Equity and Social Justice in online education, including reducing race and gender barriers, as well as the importance of a multicultural curriculum so that your students see themselves intentionally represented. We will begin with a Poll Everywhere question asking participants, “What one thing do you do in your online classrooms to foster and create a more inclusive, equitable, online course experience for all students?” A short discussion, based on responses, will follow. We will then move to an overview of the Peralta CC District Online Equity Rubric with reference and incorporation of equitable elements from the CVC Course Design Rubric. A discussion of the Revised (June 2021) ACCJC Policy on Social Justice, will follow, and finally, we will show specific examples of course content that demonstrate how faculty can integrate activities that support equity and social justice into their courses.
Finally, participants will have the opportunity to audibly reflect on and set goals for their own commitment to equity and social justice in their teaching practice. By engaging our peers in a process of review and reflection about their own beliefs and approaches to Online Equity and Social Justice, we hope to empower our OTC participants to begin, or critically revisit course design and content, and how these vital elements of a course can contribute authentic change and an equitable learning experience that transforms the online classroom experience for our students.