In this episode, I interview Maritez Apigo, English Faculty and Distance Education Coordinator at Contra Costa College.
Correction: on 47:57, the survey showed 20% of students wanted on-campus instruction, not online classes.
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We discuss the following topics:
8:05:00: Effective Online Teaching Practices
Caring & Kindness is key through:
- Welcome package for students
- Intro video
- Liquid syllabus
- Due date flexibility, when needed
- Asset-based language; avoid deficit-based, punitive language
- Survey students the first week to learn about them
- Be proactive about who might need additional support
- 1-on-1 tutorials, as needed
- Provide weekly video updates for students
- Community-centric via student-to-student interaction opportunities
- Peer-to-peer feedback
- Student-generated videos and collaboration via Flipgrid
- Group projects
- Balance between synchronous and asynchronous time: office hours leveraged as writing conferences (i.e., tutoring/review sessions)
Online Student Voice Project findings for instructors:
- Be clear and organized
- Provide details, details, details
- Be present
- Show your personality
- Provide constant reminders
Key student quote: "You can tell which teachers want you to succeed."
Humanizing online instruction:
Conveying Care Online
38:14:25: What is HyFlex?
Hybrid-Flexible Course Design
43:10:00: What is a liquid syllabus?
44:41:25: Online Debate Camps
- Online isn't the primary cause of low-enrollments. It's the pandemic.
- What do the majority of your students say at your college?
- Students responses may change as the pandemic gets better.
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About Maritez Apigo
For over two decades, Maritez has taught English and ESL in community colleges, high schools, and middle schools in California and in Hawaii. She has been teaching online since earning her master’s in English and TESOL from San Francisco State University, and she holds an Online Network of Educators (@ONE) Certificate in Online Teaching and Design and an @ONE Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching Principles. Currently, she is the Distance Education Coordinator, the Open Educational Resources (OER) Coordinator, and an online and hybrid English Professor at Contra Costa College. She trains faculty in online teaching pedagogy at the college, district, and state levels. She is an @ONE Online Course Facilitator of four courses and an Online Course Reviewer. Her passions for social justice, equity, innovation, and student success are illuminated in her work. When she's not teaching students or training faculty, you might discover her behind two turntables DJing, in the dance studio working on her dance technique, or at a soccer field cheering on her two young children.
About Dr. Al Solano
Al is Founder & Coach at the Continuous Learning Institute. A big believer in kindness, he helps institutions of higher education to plan and implement homegrown practices that get results for students by coaching them through a process based on what he calls the "Three Cs": Clarity, Coherence, Consensus. In addition, his bite-sized, practitioner-based articles on student success strategies, institutional planning & implementation, and educational leadership are implemented at institutions across the country. He has worked directly with over 50 colleges and universities and has trained well over 5,000 educators. He has coached colleges for over a decade, worked at two community colleges, and began his education career in K12. He earned a doctorate in education from UCLA, and is a proud community college student who transferred to Cornell University.