Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Vanessa Sohan

First Advisor's Committee Title

Commitee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Glenn Hutchinson

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Luke Thominet

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member


Pandemic Pedagogy, Active Learning, Community, Trauma-Informed Pedagogy, Mindfulness, Balance

Date of Defense



This thesis will investigate the development of online writing instruction and the new innovations or adaptations that were created to cope with the online learning environment during the pandemic. I conducted interviews with four Writing & Rhetoric professors from Florida International University. The interviews I conduct for this thesis focused on the experience that these professors had and how they faced certain challenges along the way such as building an online community and promoting communication and collaboration in the online classroom. I argue that the themes of mindfulness, flexibility, balance, community, and empathy that were found in the interviews are the foundation or the origin of why the key areas of interest that I chose to focus on (active learning, community, digital literacy, and trauma-informed pedagogy) are so important for teaching online writing instruction remotely or online. By representing some of the experiences and changes to pedagogy that happened during the pandemic, this thesis adds to the existing conversation around pandemic pedagogy, and helps professors learn more ways they can create a comfortable, safe, and efficient learning space whether it is online or in-person.





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