Interpretation & Reflection
This course was instrumental to my success teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. I solo taught a course for the first time during the spring 2020 semester. The transition from face-to-face to online was extremely difficult, but it was made so much easier with the resources and experiences from CEP 820. I was able to effectively and quickly transition to the online format in a way my students could adapt to. I have continued to teach the same course since then and have found myself constantly improving. I always go back to the lessons I learned from this course and feel very grateful that I took this class when I did.
I have received very positive feedback from students regarding the structure of my online courses. The integration of checklists and course organization gleaned from CEP 820 has been extremely influential in my success.
A recent student wrote, “I wanted to send you a quick email because I am really enjoying this class and learning a lot. You are doing an amazing job with the structure and I really appreciate how the workload is not busy work but focused on the material. As well as this, I think it's awesome that you can achieve a good grade if you put in the work. It is very motivating to do all of the readings and pay attention to the lectures when you know that you can actually get a good grade. In my other COM classes I have had many frustrating experiences with having either a crazy amount of busy work, or unreasonably confusing exams no matter how much you study and those being the only grades for the class. I just wanted to let you know that you are doing a fantastic job with the class and I'm so thankful to have you as a professor!”
I think this quote encapsulates how well the skills I learned from CEP 820 translated to my own online teaching.