This post by Martin Compton from UCL was originally posted on the UCL Reflect blog here https://reflect.ucl.ac.uk/mcarena/2021/04/16/dealing-with-dissonance-now-is-the-time-for-open-critical-and-mediated-reflection-on-remote-teaching-and-learning/
The necessary, pandemic-enforced modifications that teachers and lecturers made over the last year have often been nothing short of miraculous. Most frustrating perhaps is where effort has been huge but responses (either engagement levels or evaluation responses) have been less than hoped for. I have heard colleagues desperate for a return to ‘normal’ and others very keen to hold on to and develop approaches they have honed or learned from scratch. Whatever teaching, learning and assessment look like next year, there will no doubt be degrees of ‘blendedness’, hybridity and necessary flexibility. Whatever our disciplines, it makes sense to take a moment to reflect on the experiences of the year and to consider what worked, what didn’t, what we WANT to keep, what we HAVE to keep and what that means for our workloads and impacts on our own and our students’ mental health (I originally typed ‘wellbeing’ but am starting to feel as though this word is being stripped of tangible meaning and weight). Anyway, so far; so obvious.
Martin Compton is an Associate Professor working in the Arena Centre for research-based education at UCL. email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @mart_compton