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“I volunteered to be the remote-teaching liaison for our department because many of our faculty members understandably like to teach the way they’ve always taught,” Jager said. “I just approached it like, ‘OK, what are you doing now and how can we translate that quickly to remote teaching so you don’t feel like you have to change everything.’”
In addition to working with colleagues one on one, Jager set up a Canvas page specific to the needs of their department.
“The university is giving a lot of information, but sometimes it’s just too much,” Jager said. “Sometimes, someone just needs to ask, ‘I want to do this one thing – how do I do that?’ I’m trying to make it so every faculty member feels like they have a handle on this and can be successful.”
Jager said promoting a sense of community was a major goal – allowing people to have a discussion about the way they want to teach their classes and then coming up with ways they can do that via remote delivery.
“Before we shut down,” she said, “I talked to other faculty and said, ‘What is your plan for actual lecture time – what do you feel comfortable doing, what is best for students, what’s realistic with what you have at home to do this?’
“We’re used to getting feedback from students to know if they’re getting it, and we were worried we were going to lose that, so we had conversations about how to keep the class actively learning. We came up with a number of ways to do that.”
Katie was recognized as one of OSU’s Unsung Heros for her help in moving our classes from on-campus to remote modality. Her work was profiled in OSU Today for May 6. Thanks and congratulations to Katie!