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EDUCATING FOR RACIAL EQUITY THROUGH ONLINE COURSE: LEARNINGS FROM THE CONTEXT CAUSED BY COVID-19
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GKA EDU 2021: 10th International Conference on Education and Learning
Racial Equity Multicultural Education Online course Extension course
This communication discusses how an online extension course can promote education for racial equity, creating a community of learning even in a context affected by Covid-19. The global pandemic has changed teaching and required a transformation in pedagogical practices. The experience with teaching in the synchronous model at the Unisinos University since March 2020 made it possible to create an online extension course called “How to Educate for Racial Equity?”. The course was held by two specialists in multicultural education, with different gender and racial perspective, and from different fields. The curriculum of the course was created after listening to the needs of teachers and school managers. The first edition occurred during the second semester of 2020, basically with teachers and activists from different cities of Rio Grande do Sul State- Brazil. Classes had two hours-length and were conducted synchronically by web conference. Materials were available on Moodle (e-learning platform). During the course, participants could also interact by WhatsApp group. The methods applied in the course were successful in terms of teaching and very well evaluated by participants. The experience has shown that online courses like that can connect interested people in racial equity. It provides learning about the topic and strengthens those who already fight for racial justice. This course probably will continue to be offered in the online model after the pandemic. As a result, “How to Educate for Racial Equity?” is an opportunity to produce research data and discuss findings related to multicultural education and racial equity, movements that can bring innovative practices in a racialized society.