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Instructional support for first-generation Hispanic students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thomas A. Clobes
California State University Channel Islands
Heather Craig Alonge
Walden University


Students of Hispanic descent make up the single largest subset of first-generation students enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States. These students have been the most affected by the economic and health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also have less support for their educational pursuits and more outside responsibilities than their continuing- generation counterparts. Best practices for creating an effective online learning environment are explored. Suggestions for helping students create social connections with instructors and fellow students are examined.

Keywords: first-generation students; COVID-19; online learning

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