Learning Lab | Humanizing Online Learning

Part 1: August 9 | 3:00–4:00 p.m.ET
Part 2: August 11 | 3:00–4:15 p.m. ET
Part 3: August 18 | 3:00–4:15 p.m. ET
Part 4: August 25 | 3:00–4:15 p.m. ET


We all pivoted in the past year to remote or distance learning in an attempt to keep the disruption of the pandemic to a minimum. We found that some things worked well and others not as much. How can we bring intentional course design and human presence to the online classroom? This learning lab focuses on this question.

Learning Outcomes:

NOTE: You will be asked to complete assignments in between the course segments that support the learning objectives stated below. You will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators during the breakout portions of the course segments.

  • Analyze the elements of the Community of Inquiry (COI) model
  • Apply the Community of Inquiry (COI) framework to designing humanizing interactions in your course
  • Evaluate factors that support or inhibit development of community in an online course
  • Explore technology to support instructional goals in the online classroom


Patrice Torcivia Prusko Patrice Torcivia Prusko, Associate Director Learning Design, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Leah Chuchran-Davis Leah Chuchran-Davis, VP of LX Design, iDesign

Whitney Kilgore Whitney Kilgore, Chief Academic Officer, iDesign

Maha Al-Freih Maha Al-Freih, Assistant Professor, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University