Teaching during the #covid19 pandemic

Blog posts detailing my experiences moving from a SLAC classroom to distance teaching and learning. Tips, successes, failures, stories from a teacher with a digital slant as she moves into the realm of remote.

  • T-31: Fall 20 July 24, 2020
    One month from now, we’re back in the swing of things with the start of the Fall semester; that’s when Muhlenberg College welcomes its students back on campus. Students can take their course load fully online, or with one of the many hybrid classes. There are even brave souls who will teach “mask-to-mask” (because it won’t ...
  • Day 46, 30 April April 30, 2020
    Planning ahead And that was the last day of classes for me for this semester. There is still the usual cleaning up: shepherding students through some projects, feedback/grading, managing extension on deadlines and a lot of incompletes (both of which I grant gladly if that is what makes my students sleep at night, and gives me ...
  • Day 45, 29 April 2020 April 29, 2020
    Sneak peek for the second edition of China’s Magical Creatures! The first edition has been openly available for a couple of months now, but the students have been working really hard and I will soon be able to release the second edition. At least, if I get a chance to tidy up and do the light ...
  • Day 44, 28 April 2020 April 28, 2020
    Sneak peek: Korean history OER In two of my courses, students are working on Pressbooks chapters for an Open Education Resource. For Korean history, we could have ended up with something different, but the pandemic meant I felt I had to put on my dictator hat and decide for the group, while the students were finding ...
  • Day 43, 27 April 2020 April 27, 2020
    Broken promises, choices made (That sounds more dramatic than it is, I know!) I know I promised yesterday you’d get to hear more about the student projects that will make their way into the Pressbooks we’re creating, but I made some choices earlier today, that leave it too late now to write something that will do justice ...
  • Day 42, 26 April 2020 April 26, 2020
    Ssssst! The opera has started! Go and watch on the Met Opera website Rossini’s Cenerentola while you can (until Monday 6.30PM EST). It’s fabulous. I find it so easy to lose myself in the funny operas these days. Nothing quite like “a tune that the people can hum”! Tomorrow I’ll talk a bit about the projects of ...
  • Day 41, 25 April 2020 April 25, 2020
    無 (nothing?) I have nothing much to write about today. Nothing often has negative connotations in English, but it needn’t be. Like its close cousin “empty”, nothing isn’t necessarily a bad thing: “nothing on the calendar” means space to fill the day with possibilities, “empty notebook” is waiting to be filled with new ideas. A filled vessel ...
  • Day 40, 24 April 2020 April 24, 2020
    Milestone? Metaphor? Merino? Moorit?* Forty days, eh? Not sure what I make of that. It looks more purple in real life- Miss Babs Yowza in light clematis for the Glennfiddich Cardigan, designed by the late Annamária Ötvös Sometimes I find staring at my knitting very soothing. I lay it out to measure, and then find myself wondering about ...
  • Day 39, 23 April 2020 April 23, 2020
    Trust I hope my students trust me, when I say that I will somehow get them through the course. I think they do. Today and tomorrow’s sessions are entirely optional: if they have time and space in their heads, they can read some material, show up and we can chat about this. For Japanese history I ...
  • Day 38, 22 April 2020 April 22, 2020
    Keeping vampires at bay I had another pretty scattered day, probably the fallout from the previous couple of days. Our writing bootcamp didn’t kick me into the right gear, and I ended up doing a 20 minute meditation in the middle of it to try and get me back into the present, rather than all sorts ...