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Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Document Type

Presentation without Video

Publication/Presentation Date

Winter 2-17-2017


Research shows that approximately a quarter of post-secondary students are enrolled in online courses (Smith, 2016). As online education continues to grow, so does the need for differentiated instruction in the online environment. Differentiating content, product, and/or processes can enable teachers to meet the language needs of English Learners (ELs) in their online course. ELs can vary from international study students to immigrant refugees students. In addition, the educational backgrounds and English proficiency can differ. Due to this variation of English skills, ELs often have increased needs in an online course because they are navigating two languages as well as the technology itself (de la Varre, Keane & Irvin, 2011). This presentation will offer strategies and tools that can be used to support ELs in an online course.