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Virtual Event

Recognizing Diverse Communication Patterns for Effective Online Pedagogy

Meghmala Tarafdar
3 Hours



A growing body of literature highlights the need for faculty-student and student-student interaction to create an inclusive atmosphere and establish a sense of belonging in the classroom. Differences in communication styles often pose challenges in classroom participation, collaboration, and the interpretation of information in online environments. Cultural factors have a significant impact on students’ self-learning, group interaction, and communication styles. By creating an inclusive atmosphere, faculty can promote greater self-awareness, deepen intercultural sensitivity, and encourage meaningful interaction and collaboration among diverse groups. An understanding of diverse communication patterns is critical to the academic success of culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. This workshop focuses on identifying communication patterns (i.e., linear/circular; direct/indirect; abstract/concrete, etc.) as participants engage in interactive strategies designed to enhance intercultural communication competence in virtual classrooms. Participants leave the workshop able to recognize the efficacy of their own communication style.

Digital Badge, Certificate, and CEUs

All workshop participants can obtain, at no additional cost:

  • A digital badge and certificate that provide a web-enabled, verifiable documentation of your professional learning experience.
  • CEUs, which are awarded by passing the post-workshop learning assessment with a score of 80% or better.


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Assistant Professor

Queensborough Community College

During her 12 years of experience at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Queensborough Community College, Meghmala Tarafdar has been responsible for leading professional development of more than 500 full-time and part-time faculty/staff. Her goal is to support faculty across the disciplines in their effort to increase student success. By designing and delivering a range of pedagogy-practice programs, she has supported the college’s ongoing commitment to developing and assessing the most effective ways to reach and teach its diverse student body. she has worked with faculty members to implement pedagogical initiatives and interdisciplinary collaborations within and beyond the college’s organizational structure. She has regularly presented at NISOD and AAC&U’s (American Association of Colleges & Universities) national conferences.