With only a few days’ notice, all your in-person classes were cancelled, with promises of online content delivery instead. Your last week of term is in upheaval. All your plans, gone. And you have no idea what’s going to happen, not this week, not during the break, not next term. Everything is uncertain, everything is anxiety-making.
Dear students, we’re all anxious and uncertain, too. Many of us have never done online teaching before — we don’t know the software, we don’t have the hardware, we never imagined we’d be doing this without months of preparation — and those of us who were on strike last week have either had no time to think/prepare or had to break our strike to do so.
We’re sitting in our offices today doing our best, trying our hardest to ensure your education is not disrupted more than it has to, learning new software, sourcing new hardware. We’re constantly emailing colleagues, taking advantage of the offers of those who have done online teaching before to help us through Blackboard Collaborative Ultra, or Panopto, or even just simple things like “use a headset if you’re able to” (one colleague even offered to come in and video my whiteboard if I need her to), we’re chatting in WhatsApp groups…