For everyone out there who has been teaching remotely for these last few weeks, you might enjoy this recent piece in Places Journal on the challenges, and occasional small joys, of the sudden shift to Zoom University. I know a lot of the sentiments resonated with me.
We’re all doing our best and I’m so thankful for my students’ hard work and good attitudes. But, I certainly can’t wait for the semester to wrap up and to have some time to process and adjust. I think we’re in this one for the long haul. It has certainly been easier to get guest speakers to join the class without having to manage the logistics of in-person lectures. But, our ability to collaboratively build models has really taken a hit.
In the long term, once we’ve all found some breathing room, I hope this does have some effect on bringing more folks around to the idea of curating digital content and sharing curriculum, syllabi, lectures, models and other learning materials freely in an open-source manner between colleagues, schools and the broader building community.
I’d love to hear how it’s going for all of you this semester.
Lecturer // University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Principal // KieranTimberlake