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August, 2020

wed19Aug2:00 PM3:00 PMVirtual EventHow to Show 700 Students You Care in an Online Platform?Graciela Vidal and Dr. Tobie Jones, Oregon Health & Science University2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time


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Wednesday 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time


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Caring is key to being respectful and inclusive of diverse students in all learning environments, whether in person or online. During the current COVID-19 crisis, we have found ourselves having to move courses that have always been delivered in person to online platforms. To continue our respectful practices as we quickly move into online platforms, we need to take into account the new challenges faced by both faculty and students.

We will share our experience during the Spring 2020 with the Interprofessional Foundations course, which is a course at OHSU with over 700 students and facilitated by over 100 faculty. We will reflect on diversity and inclusive principles and the concept of caring in education as well as look at specific actions we took to ensure we demonstrated care and compassion for our 700 students.


  • Apply Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to guide actions in online education.
  • Explain the concept of caring and how it applies to online education.
  • Create a personal plan to show diverse students we care.


Graciela Vidal, Oregon Health & Science University

Graciela Vidal manages different educational projects at OHSU, such as the coordination of IPE Foundations, which is a 700-student required course. Graciela has degrees in Foreign Language teaching, Linguistics, and Instructional Technology. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience in higher education institutions across the USA, including courses on service learning and civic engagement. She also has ample experience in curriculum development and course design. Graciela received her M.S. in Linguistics from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, and her M.Ed. from North Carolina State University. Graciela enjoys milanesas, empanadas, coffee, and classical music.

Dr. Tobie Jones, Oregon Health & Science University

Tobie A. Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and the Director for Interprofessional Education at OHSU School of Dentistry. After graduating from OHSU School of Dentistry in 2011, Tobie spent four years in the Navy as a general dentist at the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California. In 2016, she joined OHSU as full-time faculty, and is currently the course director for both the first and second year pre-doctoral Comprehensive Care courses. Tobie received her Masters of Science in Education, in the area of curriculum and instruction last summer and has a passion for improving the educational environment. Her research interests include alternate testing methodology, faculty and student self-efficacy, student-led learning, and interprofessional education.