Equity in the online classroom: Adolescent to adult

Mary Dereshiwsky

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Scopus citations


This chapter focuses on issues of equity of access, participation, and performance assessment of adult learners in the online classroom. Areas of focus include enrollment, discussion participation, collaborative peer activities, evaluation of assignments, and meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Specific current inequities in the traditional classroom are noted in each of these areas. The chapter highlights how the online classroom equalizes access and learning opportunities for adult learners whose needs may not be fully met in traditional face-to-face learning settings. It also identifies strategies for online instructors to use in maximizing learning opportunities for all students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Justice Instruction
Subtitle of host publicationEmpowerment on the Chalkboard
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319123493
ISBN (Print)9783319123486
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Adult learners
  • Assessment of online assignments
  • Equity
  • Online discussions
  • Online learning
  • Peer collaboration
  • Students with disabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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