Contributed by Developmental English Faculty, Paula Khalaf
Everyone’s life is chaotic right now. I just want to briefly share one student’s story—hopefully to create some empathy for all students and instructors as they plan the remainder of the semester.
Emily has two young children, one of whom has special needs. She is home with both of them 24/7. Besides taking care of their basic needs of food and shelter, she has had to arrange speech therapy online for her daughter which requires using the only computer they have in the household. She also has to make sure both children keep up with their lessons—which requires the one computer they have. Emily stays up late at night while her children sleep—and don’t need access to the computer—to keep up with her math class that has moved from in-person to online. She says her instructor asked her to be online for a WebEx at a specific time next week. Emily’s concern: “I don’t even know what a WebEx is.”
My point is—everyone’s life is different right now. I am sure we have instructors experiencing many challenges that my student Emily is facing. I struggle to keep my head above water with cooking, cleaning, getting groceries to my parents, and trying to work from home-and I don’t have young children. This unprecedented situation requires instructors to rethink how to meet the course learning outcomes. That may mean that some assignments are completely transformed into something else—or even some that are just left in the dust. I am starting with—what is the minimum I need my students to do in order to master the course learning outcomes? How best can I communicate with them—phone, Zoom, WebEx? I can’t teach myself all of the technology quickly, nor can my students master it in addition to everything else going on in their lives right now.
Thank you for listening!
A Note from Professional Development:
Check out this article on one faculty member’s perspective on the situation that we are in today.
The volume of information that is being sent and received can be overwhelming. Please refer to the Resources Page for more information. While your transitioned course may not be perfect, your students need a quality, flexible course. The greater message from LSC to all students is: “As we move closer to opening campus and resuming all classes April 13, we are going to be supportive and understanding in all that you’re dealing with. We’re here for you.”