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From panic to pedagogy: Using online active learning to promote inclusive instruction in ecology and evolutionary biology courses.
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  • Breanna Harris,
  • Pumtiwitt McCarthy,
  • April Wright ,
  • Heidi Schutz,
  • Kate Boersma,
  • Stephanie Shepherd,
  • Lathiena Manning,
  • Jessica Malisch ,
  • Roni Ellington
Breanna Harris
Texas Tech University System
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Pumtiwitt McCarthy
Morgan State University
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April Wright
Southeastern Louisiana University
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Heidi Schutz
Pacific Lutheran University
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Kate Boersma
University of San Diego
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Stephanie Shepherd
Auburn University
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Lathiena Manning
Pacific Lutheran University
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Jessica Malisch
St. Mary's College of Maryland
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Roni Ellington
Morgan State University
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Abstract

The rapid shift to online teaching in spring 2020 meant most of us were teaching in panic mode. As we move forward with course planning for fall and beyond, we can invest more time and energy into improving the online experience for our students. We advocate that instructors use inclusive teaching practices, specifically through active learning, in their online classes. Incorporating pedagogical practices that work to maximize active and inclusive teaching concepts will be beneficial for all students, and especially those from minoritized or underserved groups. Like many STEM fields, Ecology and Evolution shows achievement gaps and faces a leaky pipeline issue for students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science. Making online classes both active and inclusive will aid student learning and will also help students feel more connected to their learning, their peers, and their campus. This approach will likely help with performance, retention, and persistence of students. In this paper we offer strategies and techniques that weave together active and inclusive teaching practices and challenge faculty to commit to making small changes in the fall as a first step to more inclusive teaching in ecology and evolutionary biology courses.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

14 Jul 2020Submitted to Ecology and Evolution
15 Jul 2020Submission Checks Completed
15 Jul 2020Assigned to Editor
28 Jul 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
22 Aug 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
01 Sep 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
07 Sep 20201st Revision Received
08 Sep 2020Assigned to Editor
08 Sep 2020Submission Checks Completed
08 Sep 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending