While designing online college courses it is vital to ensure an equitable environment where each student receives high-quality experiences that are aligned with their academic readiness and goals. Through intentionally unbiased and inclusive teaching practices faculty play a crucial role in improving learning outcomes, increasing course completion and graduation rates. Differentiated Instruction is a viable asset-based approach that can serve as an engine for learners who face historically systematic barriers in institutions of higher education. This presentation will provide faculty an overview of strategies and adaptive learning technology that engage their students’ prior knowledge and supports their performance by differentiating the content, process and assessments. Faculty will be encouraged to use learning analytics to structure their course to meet learners where they are and support students’ attainment of course goals.
Speaker: Ruanda Garth-McCullough, Ph.D. Director of Programs, Achieving the Dream