Chartreuse alert … yellow alert … orange alert … vermilion alert … and now finally red alert. RED ALERT, DAY ONE. I have taught my last live lecture at Queen Mary University of London. We are going virtual from Monday.
And by alerts, I mean three-page emails about initiative use of IT, washing hands, keeping calm, and preparing for more radical moves.
Word is that there are cardinal, carmine, crimson, and violet alerts on the way.
This may not mean I’ll stop going in at once; I need the fast dependable office broadband to deliver online lectures. Although in a pinch I can record slides with voiceover and post that with an opportunity for forum discussion. Unfortunately it also does not mean that our in-class test is cancelled. It means I have to rewrite the test to work online.
A lot of university people on Twitter think this will be the death knell for face to face instruction as the default.
This would be the second time that I have had to radically change teaching delivery modes.
Finland was not fully converted to slideware for teaching in the early 00s, though it quickly became de rigeur for conference presentations. For classes we used handouts, overhead slides, and sometimes the board. I only had Powerpoints in my very last course there in 2006, Structure of English for the Open University. I wrote my own webpage to post them on, in a corner of this domain or its predecessor. Reworking my materials as slideshows was a big shift when I returned to teaching in 2012, as was learning to use a full VLE.
Days like these are why I still have a blog.