First of all, I hope you are all safe and stable, and this update finds you in good health. These can be anxiety-inducing times, so please remember to take good care of yourself:
drink water, rest, and connect with loved ones
and wash your hands
In light of the campus closure and course cancellation for the next two weeks (March 13* – March 29), I have adjusted a number of items on the course syllabus.
* Note: Discussion Notes #4 is still due by Sunday, March 15th
If you have not yet met with your group to discuss the readings from Week 8 + 9 and are unable to do so between now and Sunday, please email me directly.
Please read this updated syllabus carefully and let me know (via comments or email) if you have any questions or concerns.
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I will continue to be actively engaged with the course despite classes being cancelled. I’ll be spending the next two weeks getting all grades up to date, giving feedback on projects, and preparing materials for the remainder of the semester (so that should students choose, they can complete the remaining course material in advance).
I understand that many students will take this time to rest and be with family, while others will focus on finishing as much course material as possible (so that when classes are back in session this course is one less thing to worry about). I support whichever route you decide to take.
In terms of my own schedule, I will be available to answer emails or set up video conference-calls between 1:30 – 3:00pm or after 8:00pm EST.
While our course is a little easier to manage because we’re already online, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you manage the rest of the semester.
As I’m sure you’re aware, these adjustments are difficult for all involved: students and their families, university staff, and instructors. Please practice kindness and compassion for all those around you, and we’ll get through this (coronavirus, the anxiety, and the social disruptions) together as a community.
And for a little bit of levity (and connection to current events and our course…)