ARC Equity & Culturally Responsive Online Teaching Institute

ARC Equity & Culturally Responsive Online Teaching Institute – Foundations 2.0

Some students in our system face big hurdles in their journey to a certificate, AA degree, or transfer. Helping students surmount these hurdles requires a personal commitment to the work, institutional changes and support, and daily implementation of culturally responsive teaching practices. During this Institute, we will:

  • take a detailed look at the opportunity gap in online courses, 
  • explore statewide and institutional approaches to reducing the opportunity gap,
  • explore our own role in enacting solutions,
  • create an equity-minded syllabus, and
  • develop an action plan for our online courses that integrates equity and culturally responsive teaching strategies.

Learning Outcomes

To successfully complete this course, participants will:

  • Analyze their assumptions and beliefs about the diverse students served by California community colleges,
  • Interrogate the alignment of their teaching values and teaching practices,
  • Apply principles of Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning (CRTL) to their online course,
  • Identify and discuss course-level barriers that disproportionately impact minoritized students including unconscious bias, microaggressions, stereotype threat, and privilege and power,
  • Create an equity-minded course syllabus leveraging peer feedback that welcomes and supports all students, and
  • Write an action plan that describes how they will continue to advance their equity-minded online teaching practices.

Spring 2024 Schedule

Session Start Date Topics
Session 1 April 5, 2024 Understanding the Opportunity Gap
Session 2 April 12, 2024 Addressing the Opportunity Gap
Session 3 April 19, 2024 Redesigning Your Syllabus
Session 4 April 26, 2024 Applying Equitable Design to Your Online Course

Complete work by: May 3, 2024

Requirements for Completion

To receive the certificate of completion, you must complete all of the following:

  • Participation in all required discussions
  • Completion of all assigned activities and exercises with a score of 85% or higher
  • Receive a final grade of 85% or higher

Certificates will be issued for completion of the entire Institute.

Hours Required

This is a 4-week course. Participants will need to devote approximately 8-10 hours per week to reading, online discussions, and assignments. 

Recommended Skills

  • Proficient computer skills (use of word processor, e-mail, file management)
  • Proficient Internet skills (use of browsers, searches, uploading and downloading files)
  • Familiarity with discussion boards
  • Experience in an online learning environment as either a student or instructor

Technical Requirements

  • Access to a PC or Mac with a current operating system
  • Current version of a browser
  • Internet connection, preferably broadband (DSL speeds)
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • USB microphone

Foundations 2.0 

This Institute can be used to fulfill the Foundations 2.0 opportunities for Faculty Professional Development, and welcomes all LRCCD employees who meet the enrollment requirements. Upon completion, faculty at Class I through III are eligible for 2.0 Class Salary Advancement Units.

Note: Class Salary Advancement and College Service Credit are available to faculty who are taking a course for the first time. Faculty may earn up to six (6.0) lower division units of class salary advancement per semester.

Additional Notes

Priority will be given to ARC employees who are scheduled to teach online at ARC


Registration is now open!


Questions about the Equity & Culturally Responsive Online Teaching Institute? Contact Lori Hokerson or (916) 484-8428.