112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Online Learning Environments: Ideologies and Multiple Stories

Sibylle Gruber, Northern Arizona University

In this presentation, I use Chimamanda Adichie’s concept of the “single story” to address the need for paying close attention to student stories in an online class environment. 

Proposal: 

In this presentation, I use Chimamanda Adichie’s concept of the “single story” to address the need for paying close attention to student stories in an online class environment. First, I discuss the known story of students who engage in critical and analytical thinking. I then move to another story that we often do not hear, the story of the student who engages in heteronormative ranting, a ranting that threatened the equilibrium of the classroom by injecting anger, fear, and mistrust of each other into an otherwise successful and highly acceptable online experience for students and the teacher. I show that we need to foster multiple stories in our discussions of online teaching to make sure that our need for power, as Adichie pointed out, does not limit our understanding of our own humanity and the humanity of those who we objectify—or those who we subject to the single story we created about them.