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Exploring Student Agency in Online Courses

1 hour

Janine S. Wahl and Julie Adams; both of Bemidji State University


Last semester, I decided to employ student agency in my two sections of Human Relations, one with undergraduate students and the other with graduate students. I defined student agency in higher education as giving students a voice and a choice in their own learning. Specifically, students in each section engaged in the process of designing the focus and objectives for their own class. At a F2F meeting in August 2019, I gave the students a description of the course, an explanation of the Minnesota State standards for this course, and an overview of student agency. Then they met in groups to determine areas of interest related to human relations. I designed each class based on their input. This presentation will include a discussion of the process, what worked, what didn’t work, and my response. I will also discuss suggestions I have for future applications of student agency in my classes.

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