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Addressing Acts of Oppression within Online Classrooms: Best Practices and Collaborative Solutions

Ortega, Amelia; Marquart, Matthea S.; Andruczyk, Malwina

Developing and facilitating topics related to anti-oppressive social work practice within online classroom environments can present unique challenges and barriers to engagement. In this workshop, presenters will discuss instructional design, learning tools and specific activities adapted for online learning and engagement regarding interpersonal acts of marginalization. This workshop will include definitions of language commonly used to instruct on systemic oppression. Pedagogical frameworks for creating online course content specific to anti-oppressive practice will be presented as well. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to critically address a case study regarding overt and covert marginalization in an online classroom and will collectively discuss experiences of instructing and problem solving issues of oppression within Social Work distance learning. This case study will focus on a beta test and development process of a fully online course for residential MSSW students. This course included both asynchronous components that students completed during the week and synchronous components via live class sessions online.

In this interactive session, the presenters will engage participants through the use of polling questions, Q&A, and a small-group activity and discussion. Session participants will come away with practical ideas for responding to online class situations involving micro-aggressions and overt acts of –isms.

The presentation features contributions from Anum Iqbal and Francene A. Campbell.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
School of Continuing Education
Social Work
Published Here
June 9, 2015


Citation: Ortega, A., Marquart, M., and Andruczyk, M. (2015, April). Addressing acts of oppression within online classrooms: Best practices and collaborative solutions. Workshop presented at the Social Work Distance Education Conference, Indianapolis.