Student Voices: Examining Successes & Identifying Areas of Opportunity
Remote teaching is only half the story. Students in leadership roles, undergraduate and graduate students, share their remote learning experiences, discuss what they miss about the on-campus experience, and elements of remote instruction they most appreciate.
View the one-hour presentation above or access individual Lightning Talks below.
Technology Beyond the Pandemic
Given that broad majorities of the population are now familiar with online platforms, such as Zoom, we have the opportunity to continue their use beyond this pandemic. Online learning is particularly beneficial for people with mobility challenges or other disabilities. It can also be used extensively to foster collaboration with people across the world, as well as for maintaining productivity when weather or illness may otherwise prohibit it. Using recording equipment in every classroom, faculty can continue to broadcast their lectures, even with some students present in the room.
BU College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022
Senator, BU Student Government; Chair, Expect More Committee, Communications & Outreach Intern, BU Sustainability
Implications of Remote Learning for Access
This presentation focuses on how we can build on our sudden communal experience with remote learning to provide greater access going forward, as well as some potential areas of concern. This talk will focus on how this experience relates to the social model of disability, which is the idea that much of what we think of as disability stems from one’s surroundings. We can use remote learning as a powerful technical tool for access even after the COVID-19 crisis, but more generally, the creativity, understanding, and flexibility shown by our community during this time is a good approach to access overall.
Master of Divinity (MDiv) program
Member, Cross-Disability Club
BU School of Theology, Class of 2022
“This talk drives home so many good classroom management skills — pacing, re-visiting unique needs of students, importance of timing in presentation, importance of variety and types of breaks, ways students can participate…I have shared the link to these Lightning Talks with fellow colleagues, staff, and department heads.”
– Student Voices Lightning Talk Attendee
Sharing the Learning Environment
In this presentation, Rafael Kriger (CAS’23) talks about sharing the learning environment with siblings. He has three brothers and both parents working/studying from home. Kriger also shares tips and solutions related to time zones and problems with broadband.
Political Science and Economics Major
BU College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2023
Mental Health During Unprecedented Times
Cheyenne Watts (CAS’22) highlights the importance of faculty remaining cognizant of their student’s mental health during times of uncertainty and stress.
Though many students are returning to safe, stable living situations, there are some that may not. In this presentation, Cheyenne Watts (CAS’22) highlights the importance of faculty remaining cognizant of their student’s mental health during times of uncertainty and stress. Though many students return to safe, stable living situations, there are some that may not.
Neurobiology Major, Learning Assistant
BU College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022
The Importance of Breaks
Breaks are a game-changer in virtual classes. Here you will hear a student perspective on how many and how long these breaks should be. We’ll also cover timing and organization of break-out rooms, as well as how to structure and plan your course while keeping technology snafus and other variables in mind.
Assistant to the Dean, Pardee School of Global Studies
BU Questrom School of Business, MBA, 2021
About the Moderator: Rachel Spekman
Rachel Spekman was the Program Director of Business Ventures at the Innovate@BU Initiative. While at Boston University she managed programming for the for-profit ventures and works across the university on a variety of initiatives.
Rachel is passionate about improving the quality of life for Bostonians, as well as creating an inclusive culture, especially for female founders and entrepreneurs from under-served communities. She has a background in education, non-profit, and marketing, and was selected as part of the Greater Boston Future Leaders Program.
About Boston University's Remote & Hybrid Teaching & Learning Lightning Talk Series
The Remote Teaching & Learning Lightning Talks Summer and Fall 2020 series, co-hosted by Digital Learning & Innovation and The Center for Teaching & Learning, is a reflection and learning forum where Boston University faculty and invited guests identify areas of challenge and opportunity and share strategies for engaging educational experiences in the remote-learning environment.