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October, 2020

wed07Oct2:00 PM3:00 PMVirtual EventTeaching Emotional Intelligence Online: The Sociology of Discussion BoardsDr. Velda Arnaud, Blue Mountain Community College • Dr. Yongsheng Sun, Columbia Basin Community College2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time


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


Online via Zoom



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Session Description

Online courses can be difficult for some students, and online discussions do not always turn out as planned. In a case study of an emotional intelligence course in a community college setting, students quickly became engaged in discussions with their classmates. The course also included a private journal between the student and instructor. In both the discussions and journals, students openly shared their concerns. Is it the topic or modality that leads to such engagement? What are some of the sociological theories explaining such student socialization and behaviors? And what should we know about sociological theories to improve our online teaching and maximize our online communication effectiveness?

Attendees will learn:

  • Briefly about emotional intelligence and why it is an important workplace skills
  • Criteria for well-designed discussion boards
  • Importance of confidentiality between instructor and student
  • Factors to engage students to participation in discussions
  • Psychological factors behind student engagement, or lack thereof
  • Dynamics of social presence online
  • Sociological theories behind online discussions, socializations, and student behaviors.


Dr. Velda Arnaud, Blue Mountain Community College

Dr. Velda Arnaud has a long history as a dedicated undergraduate instructor within 2-year, 4-year, and career/technical programs. Her foci are leadership, education, and service. She is committed to replacing expensive textbooks with open educational resources in order to save students money and improve learning. For online courses, Velda seeks to engage students in discussion forums and group activities. Velda is actively involved with student clubs and in the community; she is the 2020 Pendleton Chamber of Commerce President.

Dr. Yongsheng Sun, Columbia Basin Community College

Dr. Yongsheng Sun received his Ph.D. from Washington State University, and has been a full-time faculty at Columbia Basin College for over 25 years. He has also taught as an adjunct professor in the graduate program of Teaching and Learning at Washington State University. He has had book and journal publications both in the US and abroad. Dr. Yongsheng Sun has presented at many conferences, including AERA, NAFSA and TESOL. He has taught Sociology, Intercultural Studies, among other courses both online and face-to-face in the past years at Columbia Basin College. Dr. Sun also worked as a cultural consultant for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and the Pacific Northwest National Lab by Battelle.