ARC Equity & Culturally Responsive Online Teaching Institute

ARC Equity & Culturally Responsive Online Teaching Institute

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 2023 Schedule – Please Note the March Start Date!

  • American River College Spring Equity & Culturally Responsive Online Teaching Institute is scheduled from March 24, 2023 through April 20, 2023.
  • Registration begins on October 3, 2022.
Session Start Date Topics

Session 1

Mar 24, 2023

Understanding the Opportunity Gap

Session 2

Mar 31, 2023

Addressing the Opportunity Gap

Session 3

Apr 6, 2023

Redesigning Your Syllabus

Session 4

Apr 14, 2023

Applying Equitable Design to Your Online Course

Complete work by: April 20, 2023

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

Incomplete Policy

Participants may request an incomplete in this Institute if they have met the attendance requirements and have finished at least 60% of the work. Incomplete work must be finished within one year, or the entire Institute must be repeated.

Receive Salary Advancement Credit!

One unit of salary advancement credit, for those currently placed in Class I-III of your salary schedule, is available for participation in the American River College Equity & Culturally Responsive Online Teaching Institute pending approval of your dean. You must submit your request for salary advancement credit to the District PRIOR to attending the Institute. See the Class/Step Placement and Advancement for Faculty webpage for more information.

Application for Salary Advancement Credit for ARC Equity & Culturally Responsive Online Teaching Institute for SP23

Additional Notes

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


Registration begins on October 3, 2023


Questions about the Equity & Culturally Responsive Online Teaching Institute? Contact Pamela Bimbi (916) 484-8103.