Transforming the activity of teaching a foundation of diversity and equity course


  • Dean P Vesperman University of Wisconsin River Falls


Activity Theory, Content Area Literacy


Abstract: What happens to a Foundations of Diversity and Equity in Schools course when the main mode of instruction changes? The shifting of the class from face-to-face to virtual asynchronous instruction due to COVID-19 led to a transformation of the activity of the course. To replace the use of various discussion techniques, the author redesigned the course using content area literacy techniques melded with asynchronous voice and electronic thread pedagogies.

Author Biography

Dean P Vesperman, University of Wisconsin River Falls

Dr. Dean P. Vesperman is an assistant professor of education at the University of Wisconsin River Falls and editor of the Iowa Journal for the Social Studies. Dr. Vesperman teaches courses in secondary and elementary social studies methods, multicultural education, and educational psychology. He earned a doctorate at Indiana University in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in learning sciences. Before earning his doctorate Dean taught junior high and high school social studies for eleven years in southeastern Wisconsin.