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Pedagogy of Authenticity in the Online Learning Environment: An Interdisciplinary Overview

Pedagogy of Authenticity in the Online Learning Environment: An Interdisciplinary Overview
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Author(s): Olga R. Dietlin (Palm Beach Atlantic University, USA), Jeremy S. Loomis (Palm Beach Atlantic University, USA) and Jenny Preffer (Grace College, USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 16
Source title: Care and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Online Settings
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lydia Kyei-Blankson (Illinois State University, USA), Joseph Blankson (Ohio Northern University, USA) and Esther Ntuli (Idaho State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7802-4.ch011

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Abstract

Genuineness, or authenticity, has long been established as the core attribute of excellent teachers. To reach their diverse learners, caring educators build genuine connections. Congruence has been described as the core condition for a meaningful learning and restorative growth, along with unconditional positive regard and empathetic understanding. While ample research has been generated on effectiveness in online education, few studies have focused on the notion and transferability of genuineness in the virtual classroom. This chapter presents a review of the interdisciplinary literature on authenticity, explores its link to diversity, and discusses the ways of cultivating authenticity online. It explores how faculty integrate the holistic self into course content, the virtual environment, and student interaction, and concludes with a review of best practices in course design and facilitation that convey authentic care for students online.

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