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How to Use Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Online Learning


Did you know that a recent survey found that about 70% of students prefer and expect to have online or blended learning environments moving forward?

But with the growth of online learning, how do you overcome the challenges of establishing and using diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in a remote environment?

Regardless of your role in higher education or experience with online learning, DEI should be at the forefront of your efforts.

During this webinar, industry experts will provide practical strategies to implement DEI and provide key insights such as:

• How DEI improves online learning — even in some areas you may not expect
• Overcoming obstacles in a remote environment to establish DEI
• Ways to use DEI in online courses to improve student engagement and build a learner community

Can’t attend the webinar? You should still register — all registrants will receive a recording of the webinar and a copy of the presentation.

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Misty Brown Fischer, MA

Chief People Officer (CPO)
@e-TeleQuote Insurance Inc.

With 20 years’ experience in employee engagement, culture development, corporate communications, advertising, PR and digital marketing, Misty Brown Fischer plays a pivotal role in the company brand and talent experience. Drawing from a diverse background, she leads the people function through progressive strategies that attract, excite and retain great employees. Misty has held global executive roles in advertising, insurance and higher education, supporting multiple Fortune 500 companies and top-ranked universities. Her efforts in corporate leadership and change management have resulted in award-winning cultures and workspaces, diverse employee populations and engaged communities. Misty is a Los Angeles native. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication Management from University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from University of Phoenix. Now in Tampa Bay with her husband, she is Mom to a 16-year-old son and two Boston terriers.

Bethany J. Adams, MA, SHRM-SCP

Instructor & Associate Director of HR,
Development Programs @Villanova University

Bethany Adams has more than 15 years of experience in HR and education. She began her career working in training and development and human resources in the restaurant and retail industries. She has experience in both small, privately-owned businesses and large, Fortune 500 organizations. Bethany holds a BA in Psychology, MA in Organizational Management and the SHRM-SCP certification. She currently teaches full time at Villanova University and serves as the Associate Director of Marketing & Strategy for the Villanova Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development. Bethany has spoken at a wide variety of HR and education conferences throughout the country on topics including strategic HR, organization development, diversity, equity, and inclusion, design thinking and emotional intelligence. Bethany hosts an HR podcast called HR Tea.

Submit your email below to download our 5-part DEI eBook

 The eBook covers everything you need to know about establishing and using diversity, equity, and inclusion in your online classes.

Part 1: Addressing the need for DEI in online education

Part 2: Strategies to develop diverse, equitable, and inclusive online courses

Part 3: How to create accessible online courses (with real examples)

Part 4: Tips to improve your connection with students in an online learning environment

Part 5: How to use educational technology to create a fair testing environment