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History in the Making: Documenting Stories of Immigrant and Refugee Students at Montgomery College

by Heather Bruce Satrom, Professor of English Language for Academic Purposes program at Montgomery College.

History in the Making: Documenting Stories of Immigrant and Refugee Students at Montgomery College is the product of Heather’s recent sabbatical work.

This OER is a collection of oral history interviews involving 17 remarkable individuals, all of whom are either current or former students of Montgomery College, from 16 nations. In these conversations, students recount their journeys and challenges. Many of the students experienced the effects of war, forced displacement, political upheaval, natural disasters, and health crises. Their accounts describe their experiences in places like Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Venezuela.  From these nations and others, these students bear witness to moments that have indelibly shaped their lives.  Examples include the Fall of Kabul in 2021, the Battle of Aleppo in Syria, and the coup d’état in Myanmar during the same year. Each story illustrates the courage and resilience that is present in our interconnected global community of international students. In addition to the oral history interviews, this OER includes biographies, photographs, and links to articles and websites that delve deeper into the students’ lives. Additionally, the site includes questions for reflection and discussion.

Teaching in a Digital Age: The Four C’s of 21st Century

In this five-part series, Dr. Paul Miller discusses the Four C’s of 21st-century learning. Critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity; an emergent approach for teaching in the digital age.

Social Justice in the Classroom

The topic of social justice is one that is of vital importance in the present climate and, in particular, concerns us as educators for classroom practice and beyond. After completing the Smithsonian Fellowship in 2017 on this topic, Professor Gould used her research to disseminate ideas of putting issues of social justice into place within the curriculum for educators, across all disciplines, and at all levels.

Engaging Diverse Student in the Classroom

In this video, Professor Michael Berman of Reading, English as a Second Language, and Linguistics from the Rockville campus, discusses multiple ways of engaging diverse students in the classroom.

Rooting Out Hunger: Creating Renewable Assignments for Student-Centered Learning

Dr. Zev Cossin talks about the renewable assignment project, Rooting Out Hunger: Creating Renewable Assignments for Student-Centered Learning, as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Tough Empathy Pedagogy

In this video, Professor Hernandez discusses the potential to improve faculty-student engagement by increasing the quantity and quality of interaction.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

In this video, Professor Alla Webb and Professor Ray Gonzales discuss using Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) as a way of engaging students and facilitating learning.

Engaging in Structured Remote Teaching

In this video, Professor Joan Naake shares techniques often used in her classes to engage students in a remote online setting. Learn about some techniques while teaching remotely to engage your students.

Universal Design for Learning

In this video series, Professor Andrews-Williams defines Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and discusses the set of principles that supports the learning needs of all students.

Pick Analysis

In this video, Professor Hannah R. Weiser discusses a list of benefits and uses for PICK Analysis, a writing tool she developed by to improve student learning and writing skills through critical thinking and analysis.

Virtual Classroom’s Student Camera View Protocol

Where do you draw the line and where do you let it bend? Student presence is essential for reaching learning outcomes. In this video, Ms. Jackson discusses the benefits of the camera/video view in the virtual classroom.

Using Formative Assessment to Improve Student Performance

Professor Kada discusses using formative assessment as a way to improve student performance.

Teaching Global Social Justice at the Global Humanities Institute

What does it mean to be a global citizen? In this video, Professor Kranidis explains how instructors can help students impart knowledge about global systems and experience a personal transformation as a result of studying the world through the humanities.

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