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It Wasn’t Just a Pandemic: Conversations and Reflections Overview

In “It Wasn’t Just a Pandemic,” our colleagues, razor-sharp despite visible fatigue, look toward an unpredictable fall semester and identify the human energy and technological resources required to responsibly adapt new modalities of teaching and learning to disciplinary content and pedagogy. Their conversation, recorded on Zoom, edited for length and segmented into four parts of approximately twenty-minutes each, concludes with remarks by President Adams. –

Segment 1 Speakers’ Written Reflections | Segment 1 Video (20 min): Introduction; Opening Remarks, President Kenneth Adams

Speakers: Santo Trapani, Business and Technology; Nathan Hosannah, Mathematics, Engineering, and Computing; Ryan Mann-Hamilton, Social Science; Faith Armstrong, Health Science

Themes: Online teaching and learning: fragmentation across multiple platforms; inequity of access and resources; challenges to students learning multiple platforms; language complications; and need for accountability in response to student needs.

Segment 2 Speakers’ Written Reflections | Segment 2 Video (16 min)
If I am who my students expect me to be, do I lose myself? – Wendy Nicholson

Speakers: Patricia Sokolski, Humanities; Tuli Chatterji, English; Tara Coleman, English; Wendy Nicholson, Student Affairs

Themes: Connecting Personal and Professional Lives; disconnect between student and faculty expectations; bearing the emotions of grief and loss; presence and exhaustion

Segment 3 Speakers’ Written Reflections | Segment 3 Video (26 min)
I didn’t get to learn about my students, but they learned linguistics. – Leigh Garrison-Fletcher

Speakers: Misun Dokko, English; Michele Mills, Health Science; Thomas Cleary, Library; Thomas Rospigliosi, Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL); Ian Alberts, Natural Science; Estefany Gonzaga, CTL; Ellen Quish, CTL; Leigh Garrison-Fletcher; Education and Language Acquisition; and Lucy McNair, English

Themes: Achieving “being” and presence in online modalities of teaching and learning; cell phone skills vs. computer literacy; the value of CTL peer mentors and the need for computer literacy courses; accomplishments and courage despite challenges; increased presentation skills during the pandemic; unexpected questions; new pathways and more learning modalities to meet student needs; orientating first-year students to non-Zoom classrooms; DEI growth; flourishing in asynchronicity. 

Segment 4 Video (27 min): Summation and Closing Remarks from Misun Dokko and President Adams.