COVID-19 and the Impact on Academics/Communication
A "Unique" Experience
A definite “wrench” has been thrown into all aspects of our lives, including the teaching component, with the advancement of COVID-19 worldwide. Many of us love teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and thoroughly enjoy the face to face interactions we have with the students. That is no longer possible, particularly when classes are larger, and teaching remotely has become the norm. I will admit that I grumbled just a bit (likely an understatement!) – having to learn new technologies, then finding out that the institutional platform cannot handle an entire campus using this technology at the same time, then learning another new set of technologies, then new methods of constructing and delivering final exams – yeesh! But no matter who I am talking to, whether it is a Professor from my University, or someone in another country, it appears we are all in the same situation. So we do our best! However stressful this is for us, it is really important to remember that this situation can be even more stressful for students. They are suddenly without their classmates, with no mentoring or hands-on training that many of us utilize (and students love), and learning from new platforms without the ability to interact with their professors (which students benefit from). It is important that teachers remember to regularly interact with their students in any way they can – via email, webinars etc. – whichever methods we can use to make them feel included and participate actively in their learning sessions. Together we will get through this!
PSA ANNUAL MEETING
This will be a very different year without seeing you all face-to-face at our annual meeting. I look forward to that every year! But technology is amazing, and the virtual platform being put in place for the 2020 Annual Meeting looks incredible! We will have rooms similar to the in-person meetings that you can enter to hear talks of interest! There will be a space to visit sponsors, and even the ability to network in a virtual setting! So I encourage you to give it a try – let’s make the best of the situation! I look forward to seeing each of you in person in 2021!
PSA 2nd Vice President