Transitioning to remote teaching: Sociology in the kitchen
In this video, Dr. Travis Speice (Visiting Professor, Sociology) teaches his Introduction to Sociology courses from his kitchen. Using a pizza, he demonstrates how wealth is distributed in the United States.
Dr. Speice reflects that, "Moving my classes to a remote learning format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of challenges. There were many choices to make: Synchronous or asynchronous classes? Which assignments do I adjust, add, or scrap? How do I keep students engaged when I know they'll be spending hours on end staring at their screens? One of my strategies to keep students engaged was to use visual demonstrations to explain rather abstract concepts. In my Introduction to Sociology course, I was getting ready to explain wealth distribution in the United States during a lesson on stratification. Instead of lecturing using a typical PowerPoint presentation, I decided to try something that I wouldn't have been able to do easily in the classroom. I set up a virtual classroom in my kitchen and tried a new teaching method. While the current stay-at-home order has limited my mobility, I've found myself able to try new things in the "classroom" and get creative. Finding silver linings has been a coping strategy for me."
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