Possibly the biggest Plus of the pandemic!
In the New York Times today there is an article titled
Which I totally agree with as I have been teaching completely online for over 11 years after nearly 20 years teaching completely on-ground. Before going online, I had flipped my classes doing most lectures as screen captures saved on Vimeo so students would not take notes. I wanted to talk to my students and note taking got in the way. Granted, I always had a few students who would continue taking notes on my video lectures, but most students settled in seamlessly.
The NYT article is about students with disabilities which make classroom attendance problematic, which is obvious, but like most technology done for students with disabilities the potential for a far broader audience is also obvious. Remember Alexander Graham Bell’s mother was deaf, Bell’s wife was deaf. Bringing sound and hearing to the deaf community was a driving force in Bell’s life and the world is the beneficiary.
But now as parts of society make believe the pandemic is waning and we are going back to normal life, online learning is being furloughed like women from factories after WW2. The thing is pretty much everyone in any lecture hall is a potential broadcaster of learning with the smartphone in their pocket. In my mind it would be perfectly normal for any professor to come into a lecture hall, set up their materials and set out their smartphone and they would look at the students in the hall and say, “Welcome to class!” and then to their front-facing camera and say, “Welcome to class!” and then teach.
Why not? It is there for the taking.