The last few days, I’ve been worried about how I was going to get to the mothership in Baden (western PA) for our Saturday meeting, since my part of Michigan is due to be clobbered with 6 to 10 inches of snow starting at midnight tonight. I was planning to leave immediately after my 11:00 class on Friday.
Then it occurred to me that I could try something a bit different. If I left today, getting to Baden tonight, I could still meet my students for our 10:00 and 11:00 classes, but in an online, “virtual” classroom. So that’s exactly what I did. The timing was perfect – not one bit of precipitation! I got out of northwest Ohio before the snow hit, and arrived here in PA before the freezing rain that is supposed to hit here after midnight. So tomorrow, we’ll meet at the regular time – me in PA and the students in MI or wherever they want to be.
The beauty of this bit of inspiration is:
- we can avoid missing a day of class, even if the campus closes tomorrow (not sure students would agree that this is a plus…oh well)
- students can attend class in their pajamas, not having to leave the comfort of home (most of them I would guess have Internet access from home…we shall see)
- I can participate in what I feel is an important meeting for us Baden CSJ’s without putting life and limb at risk.
Of course, on Monday we may need to backtrack to fill in some gaps that are better addressed face-to-face, but this will be a new experience for me, assuming the course server doesn’t go down in one of its rare tantrums.
I don’t call myself a “techie nun” for nothing!