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Course Stories, Season 2, Episode #5: Creating a JEDI mindset - SOC 334 Technology and Society

In this episode, Marcella Gemelli, Online Graduate Program Director of Sociology and Senior Lecturer in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, sits down to discuss her course, SOC 334, Technology and Society, with Matthew Robinson, Media Manager of the EdPlus Studios. Marcella intentionally includes and promotes the JEDI principles, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, in this course and we are excited to share her approach and passion for these principles.
Marcella’s dedication to the JEDI principles is exemplary. She discusses what it means to mindfully seek and promote justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in course design. She provides some wonderful examples of how faculty and designers can also apply these principles to their own courses.
The episode reveals that it takes an intentional approach to really make an impact in this important space of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all courses. With the help of the ASU Online Course Design Standards, all faculty are encouraged to consider how justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion can be incorporated into any course. 

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Marcella Gemelli is the Online Graduate Program Director of Sociology and Senior Lecturer in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. She has 15 years of experience teaching and mentoring students while also serving in various administrative capacities at ASU.

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Matthew Robinson  has been at Arizona State University for 15 years. In that time he has held roles as Instructional Designer, Assistant Director of Online Curriculum and currently is the Manager of the New Media team at EdPlus.

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Ricardo Leon is a Media Developer for EdPlus and is a co-creator and co-host of Course Stories. He has developed a number of other podcasts and various other forms of instructional media. In 2021, Ricardo was on a team that received The President’s Award, which formally recognizes successful solutions in innovation, for his work on the Study Hall project with Crash Course.
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Mary Loder is an instructional designer at EdPlus and is the Online Learning Manager - Professional Development and Training on the Instructional Design and New Media team at EdPlus. She is also the co-creator and co-host for Course Stories, a podcast highlighting and showcasing the talents of our faculty and staff at ASU.

Resources from this Episode

Additional links for your enjoyment and exploration into a deeper understanding of this Course Story.

ASU Online Course Design Standards

Peralta Online Equity Rubric

ASU Online Workshops and Webinars

Enjoy this example Marcella provided on one project helping bridge the equity and inclusion gap in learning.

T-Mobile 1 Million Project – Rewind, addressing the Homework Gap. This is an excellent example of how lack of access to tech (a basic need now for educational success) can be addressed through a tech company willing to take on a social problem.

If you would like to inform Marcella about the JEDI work you are part of, please email her at If you would like to share samples of your course design JEDI outcomes, we would love to hear them at!

🎃 As a final gift for the Holiday Season, enjoy this Halloween themed Lunch and Listen by Matthew Robinson

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