Toward Equitable Online Learning: Seeing the Missed Opportunities


  • Norin Taj University of Toronto, Canada



Online learning, Reflexivity, Equitable online spaces


Access to online learning does not guarantee equitable learning experiences, particularly for students from diverse backgrounds, such as international students and members of indigenous communities. As an online, asynchronous instructor, I recorded my observations of students' online interactions and used reflexivity to analyze my journal entries. Participants' conversations followed the contemporary debates in a North American academic context. Members, particularly those from diverse backgrounds, actively negotiated their online presence or social absence based on those conversations. Their experiences remained on the margins only to stimulate robust discussions. Online course instructors must be proactive in creating inclusive virtual learning environments and be able to see the missed opportunities of knowledge construction through reflexivity, particularly in their awareness of what equity would entail in online learning environments with diverse learners.


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Author Biography

Norin Taj, University of Toronto, Canada

NORIN TAJ, PhD, is a lecturer at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Her broad research interests are comparative education, gender and education, and the sociology of education. Currently she is teaching leadership courses emphasizing diversity, equity, and ethics at the University of Toronto and York University, Canada. Email:


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