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Structuring a Course So That All Students Participate

When colleges abruptly closed this spring, everyone learned just how hard it is to replicate the engagement of in-classroom education online. With virtual education continuing this fall, the higher ed community is asking: how can faculty structure classes to encourage everyone to participate and collaborate?

The Chronicle is gathering a panel of experts in higher ed to shed light on this essential issue. Hosted by Beth McMurtrie, the discussion will examine ways to prevent students from feeling disengaged and excluded during this unprecedented semester.

Our panel will explore:

  • How can students participate in and complete group work?
  • How can professors engage students in ways better suited to the online classroom?
  • How can universities ensure that the needs of students of color, first-gen, and lower-income students are being met?


  • Jenae Cohn, academic technology specialist for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University
  • Frank Harris III, professor of postsecondary education and co-director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab at San Diego State University
  • Courtney Plotts, national chair of the Council For At-Risk Student Education and Professional Standards

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