Today's post gathers some first-hand experience of online teaching from instructors in the Math, Science and Communication department. Just about every one of us is a beginner in this new online teaching context, and we're learning something every day: Whether the experience is more or less positive, we are learning! Smooth sailing
“My students have been amazing at getting organized. When I held my first Level 4 plumbing group, they had already discovered WebEx on LEARN and were hosting conferences among themselves!" Danny Hutchinson, math instructor
“I had my LEARN discussion board up last Friday and my plumbing Level 3 students had already posted some good responses, so I'm hopeful this is going to work well." Patricia K Culleton-Koebel, communication instructor
Learning on the fly
“A group of my plumbing students from my 9am class joined me in my 10am class for roofers. It seems that if I am online, anyone who has been invited can join. That's not necessarily a problem, but it's good to know. I ended up having a second class with the students from plumbing because no roofers answered the invitation to join me. It will take a day or two for students to figure things out. Don't expect everything to work perfectly right away!" David Bakke, math instructor
“I realized I put my WebEx classes on Hawaii time :) But I've changed that now!" Arlene Petkau, communication instructor Successful workaround
“Several students have told me that they have only a phone to work with, no computers. So, I am being creative and accepting emailed photos of handwritten or texted work." Cindy Benoit, communication instructor Being kind to ourselves and others
“It's important to remember that we're going for compassion and creativity, not perfection in this new normal! Just seeing some students online and connecting with them online will make it a good day. It's all so new for all of us – instructors and students alike. Be kind to yourselves and your students." Amanda Le Rougetel, communication coordinator/instructor
“The win of the day is that we're alive and well. Take care everyone and thanks for being great colleagues." Mona Abu-Ghoush, communication and LTC instructor What successes, workarounds or important lessons have you learned so far in our world of alternative delivery methods?
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