A thoughtful and equitable approach to webcam use allows students and faculty alike to benefit from the sense of presence that webcams can provide during remote instruction while preserving student privacy.
Patricia Turner, PhD, is an Education Specialist at the University of California, Davis in the Center for Educational Effectiveness. She has 25 years of postsecondary teaching experience and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in universities across all three systems of California public higher education, including University of California, Los Angeles; San Diego State University; Santa Monica College and University of California, San Diego. In her current role, she collaborates with faculty on the design and implementation of engaging, inclusive, student-centered instruction with the goal of providing educational experiences that result in deep learning for diverse groups of students. Her M.A. is in Linguistics from San Diego State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Using structured interactions in remote courses reduces the cognitive load students may experience as they navigate the tasks and processes of group work, while creating an inclusive climate in which students can learn.