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Online Education Expands the Community of Geography

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/10/2020
Start / End Time: 12:00 PM / 1:15 PM (MDT)
Room: Virtual Track 9
Organizers: Richard Donohue, Adrienne Goldsberry, Juliegh Bookout
Chairs: Richard Donohue


In the original version of this panel session we sought to explore the role of online learning in expanding the discipline of geography to two important groups: 1) undergraduate non-majors, and 2) working professionals. Given the current events of a global pandemic, which has pushed us and our students into our homes and initiated a “pivot” to online education by all, we aim to invite a third group into the conversation: 3) geography teachers, current undergraduate majors, and graduate students. Panelists are educators from a variety of online programs who have spent years understanding distance learning and how to teach effectively online. They will share their experiences teaching practical geographic skills and discuss how the online format is uniquely suited to expand the community of geography to non-geographers. The goal of the panel is to highlight some broad themes and questions identified through sustained online education practice and facilitate a broader conversation with teachers and students recently thrust into to the online environment.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Adrienne Goldsberry Penn State University 12
Panelist Juliegh Bookout Michigan State University 12
Panelist Yi Shi Michigan State University 12
Panelist Stephanie Long Austin Community College 12
Panelist Nicholas Santos University of California - Davis 12
Panelist Rich Donohue University of Kentucky 12

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