Online Learning Update

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus forces hands-on learning to go online and hands-off

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Robert Sanders, Berkeley News
When the growing coronavirus pandemic compelled campus officials to halt all lectures and most in-person classes as of March 10, most faculty and lecturers were caught off guard. Most had to scramble to learn how to deliver lectures via Zoom or through b-Courses or other teleconferencing services and to pick up tricks from colleagues about how to be remotely engaging. Hands-on classes, such as labs, physical education and performance classes, seem spared. But then, on Friday, March 13, the campus canceled all in-person classes too, throwing a wrench into the interactive training critical in many fields. How do you teach dance or theater, how to craft a vase on a potter’s wheel, run a gel, titrate an acid or use a micropipette without in-class practice and coaching?

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