Online Learning Update

June 28, 2021

How Open Education Enables Culturally Responsive Teaching

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

Ruanda Garth McCullough and Richard Sebastian, Faculty Focus

If students can see themselves and their communities in what they’re learning, then they learn differently—and better. This is the idea behind culturally responsive teaching (CRT). With CRT, students’ cultural knowledge is seen as an asset in the classroom, not something that should be checked at the door. Cultural responsiveness is not new, but in this year of reckoning with racial inequity, there is renewed interest among higher education instructors. Bringing cultural responsiveness into teaching isn’t just about checking a box or making an instructor feel good about doing “the equitable thing.” CRT yields tangible benefits for students, facilitating brain processing and cultivating critical thinking skills. Research has shown that students are most satisfied with instructors who respect and are inclusive of cultural differences.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/equality-inclusion-and-diversity/how-open-education-enables-culturally-responsive-teaching/

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