#MavsSucceed Online: Adjunct Professor Susan Dubill and Her Students Inspire Each Other as Lifelong Learners and Educators
Medaille College Department of Education Adjunct Faculty Member Susan Dubill served as a role model to her students this past semester, demonstrating how to best adapt and stay positive in an otherwise difficult situation. Here, Dubill describes how she viewed the switch to remote teaching as a learning opportunity for herself, and how, in return, she was inspired by her students’ resiliency and determination. She also explains how her class bonded together to help each other navigate the changes and discuss the implications as future educators.
I like to think of myself as a lifelong learner. I enjoy learning new things that I choose to tackle. During the pandemic, an opportunity to learn more about online teaching and virtual classroom learning became not so much of a choice but a necessity. I had been pondering the idea for a while, but did not feel I had the time to delve into learning more about the topic. Obviously, this changed, and with support from the learning team and other people who work at the College, I can say how exciting and exhilarating it is to learn so many new techniques!
I started out slow by using google slide presentations, questions and page number references to the text. Then I started exploring with chats, polls and breakout groups. (I figured out that you can see the microphones go on to make sure students are sharing in the groups and that you can set a time limit to meet back as a whole group.) I realized I could give information and check understanding quickly by having students “raise their hand” as a silent confirmation that they understood. I set out time schedules for short conferences and sent them out as emails, along with other materials students might want to preview before class. I also started having conversations about the impact of the coronavirus on their lives and on the children who they may teach in the future. I did this using newspaper articles and educational journals I had read that were sent to me as a resource.
As a class, we became problem solvers, learning how to solve technology glitches and helping each other try new things. As the days of learning from home continued, I wanted to show my students how to adapt and stay positive in an otherwise difficult situation. I felt the strong bond of a classroom community that only such a situation provides. The students’ willingness and determination to succeed while social distancing gives me a feeling of hope for the future. Even though I am the teacher, my class this semester has helped me to become the lifelong learner I always want to be!
As the world faces unprecedented, challenging times, the Medaille community has come together in shared commitment to help our students successfully complete their education. Our students, faculty and staff have been helping each other navigate this new territory of remote teaching, learning and working, and many have shared anecdotes of encouragement and support.
The #MavsSucceed series shares some of these accounts and shines a spotlight on Medaille’s dedicated students, faculty and staff. See more features by visiting medaille.edu/mavssucceed or by following the College on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.
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