2020 Vision: How a Global Pandemic and the Black Lives Matter Movement Focused our Teaching

Authors: Scott Ramsey*, Prescott College, Emily Affolter, Prescott College, Kimberley Greeson, Prescott College, Rachel Dunbar, University West Alabama, Gretchen Gano, Prescott College
Topics: Careers and Professional Development
Keywords: higher education, online learning, Black Lives Matter, culturally responsive teaching, COVID-19
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 24
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Prescott College, a small liberal arts institution in Arizona, offers limited residency Masters and Doctoral programs as well as undergraduate programs. Prescott’s philosophy centers on experiential, community-based, and self-directed learning. While this higher education institution’s distance-learning programs are positioned well for broad shifts to online classrooms, we were not without our own struggles to adapt swiftly in Spring 2020. To discover lessons learned and potential strategies for navigating on-going shifts into these uncharted waters, we chronicle how Prescott College’s doctoral program adapted its programming in the face of a global pandemic and a racial justice movement that are now issues front and center on the world stage.

Keywords: higher education, online learning, Black Lives Matter, culturally responsive teaching, COVID-19

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