Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom in the Online Environment

Session Description
Expanding the Concept of Diversity as an inclusion for Pedagogy
While all faculty are cognizant that in the online classroom there is a diverse group of adult learners to reach. Just how diverse the group is goes beyond the traditional definition of diversity which includes sex, culture, religion, disability and age. In order to ensure that the online classroom is culturally responsive faculty must consider expanding that definition to include diverse political views, and consider students who are not mainstream such as those who might be lifetime criminals who are incarcerated. Faculty should incorporate their teaching philosophy into the developed curriculum so that the learning environment is warm and open and is Culturally Responsive and suitable to those outside the traditional definition of diversity.
JoAnn Dade
JoAnn Dade, University of Phoenix and Argosy University, Decatur, GA, USA
Dr. Dade is a retired critical care nurse which spans 16 years at the bedside in Surgical Intensive Care and eight years as Cardiology Administrator for the Department of Veteran Affairs in Atlanta, GA.

During her tenure at the Department of Veteran Affairs, she was part of the education faculty. She remains a consultant with the Department of Veteran Affairs.

With extensive teaching experience in distant learning for the University of Phoenix as an adjunct faculty, as well as Faculty Assessment Liaison; along with her tenure with Argosy University as adjunct faculty and dissertation chair her expertise is shared through this presentation. Dr. Dade is a Peer reviewer for Scholar One publications and a member of Team Publons a partnership with Wiley Publications.

Dr. Dade uses her nursing expertise in a leadership role to serve her community as a volunteer nurse manager with the American Red Cross for over 20 years, recruiting, training and mentoring volunteer nurses all the while responding to local and national disasters.


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3 Responses to Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom in the Online Environment

  1. April 17, 2018 at 9:29 am #

    Dr. Dade certainly presented valid reasons for expanding the definition of diversity to include much more (socio-economic status, political views, and non-traditional living situations). Her presentation was excellent, well researched, and thought provoking!.

  2. April 17, 2018 at 9:40 am #

    This was an excellent session. Thank you, Dr. Dade, for reminding us to expand our definition of “diversity.” You offered many great recommendations and I can’t wait to employ your recommendation of the “Welcome Center” in my classes!

    • April 18, 2018 at 10:00 am #

      Thank you for attending. Glad you enjoyed it.

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