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Microaggressions in Online Courses

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Title:Microaggressions in Online Courses
Authors:Cohn, Ellen
Author Affiliation:Ellen Cohn - University of Pittsburgh
Date Issued:2016
Abstract:A relatively small number of students post content in their online courses that is overtly and deeply offensive to other students and/or the instructor. Termed “macroaggressions,” these insults are easily recognized and may even be actionable when they violate universities’ codes of conduct and anti-discrimination policies. “Microaggressions,” the focus of this paper, can be less overt but equally hurtful. In the online course environment, such slights can be detected in posted class discussions, within submitted assignments, and in the work of online groups. Online microaggressions take many forms, both verbal and nonverbal. Moreover, it can be unclear whether a specific microaggression was intentional or accidental. Whatever the motivation, a microaggression can be detrimental to the learning environment. This paper addresses the challenges presented by online microaggressions and suggests strategies to prevent and manage their occurrence.
Pages/Duration:6 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections: TCC 2016 Proceedings

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