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A clear, intuitive course design and active learning are foundational to an effective online class — but relationships make a learning experience meaningful and inspirational. This presentation will discuss strategies for humanizing the online learning experience, examine research that shows how instructor-student relationships may improve the online success rates of Latino students in California Community Colleges, and share how the iPath Project at CSU Channel Islands is supporting Latino transfer students with online learning facilitated by CI student mentors.

Dr. Pacansky-Brock has a diverse background in California’s community college and CSU systems. From 2002-2009, she served as a full-time faculty in art history at Sierra College and in the years following played an integral role in the design and development of the @ONE Online Teaching Certification Program. Michelle is also the author of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies, a member of the Horizon Report’s advisory board, and served as Conference Chair for the 2015 OLC Symposium of Emerging Technologies for Online Learning. Currently, Michelle teaches Digital Citizenship at CSU Channel Islands, where she also provides professional development for online and blended faculty in her role as Teaching & Learning Innovation Specialist. Connect with Michelle here.


For more information, contact Joanna Miller, Distance Education Coordinator, Moorpark College

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