Dear IEC Community,

 It is hard to believe that we have been going through the trials and tribulations of living under COVID for more than one year now. This pandemic has continually turned our lives upside down by forcibly changing the way we work, communicate with each other, teach, and perform various other tasks. According to Charles Spurgeon “Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil and let us see what we are made of”. Well … for educators (and others), the soil has indeed been thoroughly dug up and we have uncovered that, at least when we must, we are resilient, innovative, and rapidly adaptable to changes. The unavoidable question is then how we might permanently cultivate these qualities and organize ourselves into more effective learning communities that greatly benefit the students they serve.

Mandoye Ndoye
Associate Professor 
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Tuskegee University