Kilgore & Arujo: Improving Equity with Design

Dr. Camille Karlson, College Director for the Center for Innovative Pedagogy at Suffolk County Community College.


Presentation: Improving Student Equity with Great Instructional Design


Dr. Whitney Kilgore, Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer, iDesign.
Beverly Araújo Dawson, Professor, School of Social Work, Adelphi University & Director of the Online MSW Program.

Tracks: Plenary, (Online Instructional Designers, Online Faculty)

DAY 1: Monday, February 22, 2021
2:00PM – 3:00PM

Can online education increase post-secondary access and success for the under-served students who need it most? Data show historically online education widens access but on average lowers student completion rates. In this session, learn how you can make a few small changes that improve student learning in marginalized populations which have also been shown to benefit all students.


  • Evaluate the retention rates of diverse students in distance education.
  • Synthesize the factors that contribute to academic success among diverse students.
  • Identify the course design methods and resources that can positively contribute to the inclusion of diverse online student populations’ learning experiences.
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