Rhetoric Today 2020
This newsletter is a publication of the Department of Rhetoric and Composition.
Now that the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters have concluded and we have had time to wrap our heads around our rapid transition to online instruction, we want to reflect on this experience and take a look back at our time teaching online.
Teaching online in the Spring was a challenging yet immensely rewarding experience. It was the first time for me to teach online, so it was very demanding in terms of time and effort, particularly when it was first announced that we would move to online classes.
At AUC, our transition to online learning was rather sudden. One Sunday, I was teaching on campus; the next, I was sitting at home, trying to enjoy the first day of a Spring Break suddenly bestowed upon me 48 hours earlier.
When I found out that I would be teaching online in the Fall semester of 2020, the first thing that came to my mind was “engagement” and how I could inspire and motivate first-year students.
Having gone home after the 12th of March 2020, I couldn’t help but wonder how my students would ever cope if we had to close down.
It’s 7:15 am, and I’m already in a frenzy. I’m dashing out of the house and randomly grabbing everything I see on my desk and shoving it into my backpack: flask, markers, AUC ID, and… I’m sure I’m forgetting something which I have absolutely no time or will to remember.