Faculty Discuss “The Great Pivot”

the well logoCheck out this great article posted on The Well: The Great Pivot

Faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences share how they were “better prepared for the shift back into remote learning this fall after working diligently since last spring to reimagine their courses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Faculty discuss using technologies, such as Sakai and Zoom, to continue the learning experience online. For example, Brian Hogan, Assistant Department Chair and Teaching Professor in the Chemistry Department, set up student checklists and structured his classes so that “students know exactly what they’re going to get and what they need to do every day.” Michele Rivkin-Fish, Associate Professor in Anthropology, created meaningful remote global experiences by having her students “talk directly with their Russian peers via Zoom” for the first time. Several instructors have been holding their class sessions over Zoom, using breakout rooms to delve into their distinct experiences, and meeting individually with students to better address their needs.

Andy Lang, Associate Dean of the College’s Office of Arts & Sciences Information Services (OASIS), talks about how technology staff have played a critical role in teaching success. In particular, Keep Teaching, the UNC website that provides strategies and tools for remote instruction, was a joint effort between several groups on campus including our own ITS Teaching & Learning team!

We invite you to read “The Great Pivot” on The Well!