I’m looking forward to the new school quarter beginning tomorrow!
Yes, things are different now than previously planned. We have moved all of our courses online. Yes, it’s a major shift in how I have been teaching and it requires a lot of adjustments from faculty and students. However, I think shaking things up now and again is ultimately good for all of us. (This is, of course, notwithstanding the public health crisis we’re all dealing with. I think we can all agree that we would rather have avoided the lessons we are so painfully learning right now through this health crisis.)
In the context of teaching and learning, however, delivering our classes online requires us to rethink what we’ve been doing and why and to reconsider how we can best support student learning in a new channel. I keep thinking about the lessons we learn in crisis communication: within every crisis the silver lining is that it causes organizations and individuals to rethink how they’ve been doing things and how they might do them better in the future.
This term I’m teaching Communication Campaigns and a First-year seminar on creativity. I’m looking forward to both courses as we’ll be doing some new and different things in each class. I will continue blogging here to share what we’re doing and how it’s going. I hope you’ll join me for the ride!