UC Santa Cruz
promoting equity & excellence during remote instruction
In response to the emergency shift to remote instruction in April 2020, the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL) and Online Education created a new partnership to better support teaching and learning.
This collaboration is represented by three central values: Community, Accessibility, and Deep Learning.
These values underlie our work to promote equity and excellence during this period of remote instruction.
There is nothing more fundamental to online learning than building community. Community is most effectively built through horizontal structures. Whether they are formed through peer-to-peer interactions or collaborations on digital projects, the promotion of horizontal structures enhances online learning and creates the conditions for students to experience a stronger sense of belonging.
Intentionally designing remote courses that ensure access for all students is foundational for creating an equitable learning experience where all students can succeed and flourish. We meet this commitment by ensuring student access to all materials and technologies and by simplifying technical procedures and removing obstacles to participation.
The horizontal development of community and the design of accessible learning environments promote a context where students can achieve the deep learning necessary to succeed at UCSC and beyond. We seek to create learning environments where every student can move beyond foundational knowledge and skills to apply, analyze, and create new knowledge to effect change and contribute meaningfully to their communities and to our society.