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Accepted Contributor:

Musings and Meditations as if Zoom Teaching Matters  


Mary Bernadette Conde (American University of Central Asia)

Contributor long abstract:

Musings and Meditations as if Zoom Teaching Matters

Discussant: Prof. Mary Bernadette Conde

Teaching Fellow

OSCE Academy

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


When Covid-19 pandemic hit and caused worldwide lockdowns at the beginning of 2020, the educational sector was ill-prepared and forced to shift from offline mode to online digital platforms. In higher educational institutions like AUCA and OSCE Academy in Kyrgyzstan, a faculty, who is used to conduct classes in offline mode is confronted with real issues and challenges on how the virtual classrooms can still be as effective as the offline classes. My discussion will focus on the challenges and effectivity of a few online tech tools that I have adopted that worked and why they worked and otherwise; and the adjustments I had to make in whether it is Padlet, Wonder, LMS Canvas, Flipgrid, or Nearpod, among others, for undergraduate and graduate students. Another point that I want to raise in my discussion is to explore and see whether these online tech tools can still be effective pedagogical components of the post-covid offline learning mode or the so-called ‘new normal’ post-covid classroom.

Panel EDU-02
Roundtable: Teaching in Covid Times: Experiences From, In, With, and About Central Eurasia