#MavsSucceed Online: Assistant Professor Dr. Juli Hinds on the Smooth Transition to Remote Learning and Student Support

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As everyone around the globe faces unprecedented, challenging times, the Medaille College 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 will share some of these accounts, and will shine 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.

Here, Assistant Professor of Communication Juli Hinds, Ph.D., shares how Blackboard training and the system’s functionality have made the transition to online learning a smooth one. An on-air radio personality for 96.1 FM “The Breeze,” Dr. Hinds also utilizes the platform to teach core communication skills and offer a space where students can share their thoughts and feelings during this unprecedented time.

I am so grateful for the workshops offered by our e-learning specialists, Mary Beth Scumaci, M.S.Ed., and Raymond Drechsel. They prepared faculty members well for the transition to online learning! Department of Communication & Sport Studies Chair Lisa Marsherall also gave me a few extra tips, so getting comfortable with the functionality has been key. I love the option of using share content. We can watch great speeches or movie clips easily. The hand raise option is also great. Not only are students’ names present, but it also helps me keep track of participation.

My students and I use the chat board on Blackboard to check in with each other at the start of each class. For one upper level communication course, we each write a one-word emotion for how we are feeling at the time. Since all good communication begins with self-awareness, this taps into a core communication skill. I also strive to provide the students a space to be heard and permission to share their thoughts and feelings during this unusual time. 


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