International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Using an Online Course on “Hate” to Teach Students to Know Self First, Then Other
Randall E. Osborne, Paul Kriese

We have been using an online format to teach a course on the Politics and Psychology of Hatred for over 12 years. In that time, we have analyzed and critiqued most elements of the course and tools for online teaching. It is our belief that a critical and repetitive self-analysis is necessary before students can truly begin to acknowledge and appreciate others. We also believe that online teaching and our goal of self-exploration before “other analysis” are a perfect match. In other words, online teaching platforms offer a wealth of methods by which faculty can incorporate a self-reflection framework into the teaching and learning. This “marriage” of online teaching tools and critical self-analysis pedagogy eliminates, in our opinion, many of the concerns and difficulties faculty (and students) encounter in online courses.

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