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Workshop: Accessible Online Learning Workshop, Part I: Synchronous Spaces

Description of workshop: In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for fostering inclusivity and accessible engagement in synchronous spaces using active learning techniques, including:
  • Patterns and styles of engagement for inclusive synchronous discussions
  • Active learning activities to foster input from graduate seminars
  • Self-care and mindfulness practices to try in course sessions
  • Accessibility options available on Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate

(In Part II, we will discuss strategies for asynchronous spaces, such as making Pdfs and images accessible.)


Facilitators: Seth Graves, Zahra Khalid


Goal: Offer strategies for enhancing equity and inclusion in synchronous remote graduate courses.


Takeaways: Attendees will leave with practical ideas on how to make their online classrooms more accessible, inclusive, and equitable, with a view of students’ pandemic realities.


Date and Time: March 12, 2021; 11:00AM-12:15PM


Facilitator Bios: Seth Graves is a doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center who specializes in writing studies, rhetoric, and digital culture. He is writing his dissertation on internet literacy and the socialization of digital “adopters.” In addition to his CET Fellowship, he is a Digital Pedagogy Specialist with the Baruch College’s Center for Teaching and Learning as well as Writing and Great Works Program Manager with Baruch’s English department. He is assistant editor of the Journal of Basic Writing and teaches composition and rhetoric at Baruch and creative writing at The New School.Zahra Khalid is a doctoral candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography) at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has taught courses in Urban Studies at Queens College, and is committed to a socially-conscious pedagogy. With student well-being at heart, she aims to apply the broad principles of open pedagogy; specifically, privileging open source materials, utilizing students’ life experiences towards learning, honing their research skills, and sparking critical thinking towards our shared contemporary moment and everyday lives.

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