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RIA # 129: Zapoura Newton-Calvert & Dr. Deborah Smith Arthur on Capstone Courses

Zapoura Newton-Calvert

On this episode, Katie is joined by two guests:

Zapoura Newton-Calvert serves as Digital Coordinator and Capstone faculty member in Portland State University’s University Studies Program. Her research and pedagogical foci include removing barriers to educational equity, social justice in online learning, community-based learning online, and Universal Design for Learning. She served as Faculty-in-Residence for Community-Based Learning in P.S.U.’s Office of Academic Innovation for three years and also worked as a Service-Learning Coordinator at Portland Community College. Her recent publication (also co-authored with Deborah Smith Arthur) Online Community-Based Learning as the Practice of Freedom: The Online Capstone Experience at Portland State University explores instructor presence and community formation in online CBL courses.

Deborah Arthur

Dr. Deborah Smith Arthur, an Associate Professor at Portland State University, in the interdisciplinary University Studies program. Her work mostly revolves around juvenile and criminal justice and educational access for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students. She has been teaching Capstone courses for 15 years and teaches a fully online Capstone once a year.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Research on Capstone Courses [00:00-18:15]

In this first segment, Deborah and Zapoura share some of their research on and experiences teaching capstone courses.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: The Benefits of Moving a Capstone Online [18:16-36:28]

In segment two, Zapoura and Deborah discuss some of the benefits of moving a capstone course online.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-05:08]: Choosing Each Other as Co-authors

HIP Bonus Clip #3 [00:00-16:17]: The Challenges of Editing a Collection

In this third HIP bonus clip, Katie and Chrysanthemum discuss some of the challenges of editing a collection with 20+ contributors.

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