Clockwise from top left: Samantha Fenno, Kendra Burbank, Petra Goedegebuure, Paul Poast

On Oct. 29, 2021, Joe Lampert, Interim Director of the Chicago Center for Teaching and Learning, led the panel “Reengaging the In-Person Classroom: A Mid-Quarter Faculty Panel,” via Zoom. Panelists were invited to discuss the positive and negative experiences they have had during their return to in-person teaching, as well as any lessons drawn from their eighteen months of remote teaching that they were now applying in the in-person classroom. Present as panelists were:

  • Kendra Burbank, Associate Instructional Professor in Statistics
  • Samantha Fenno, Senior Lecturer in the College and Chair of the Human Being and Citizen Core Sequence
  • Petra Goedegebuure, Associate Professor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • Paul Poast, Associate Professor in Political Science

The four panelists shared their pleasure at being able to share a classroom once again with their students, with all the attendant energy and humor that in-person instruction brings. They offered insightful reflections on how their teaching methods have changed during the pandemic, from restructuring assessments to reduce student stress, to using electronic quizzing tools to promote classroom engagement, to breaking up large lectures with episodes of think-pair-share. A recurring theme throughout was the complex intersection of technology and pedagogy, with the panelists offering insights on both the affordances and the limitations of different technologies in teaching and learning.

You can watch a recording of the panel below:

If you have any questions about any of the technologies discussed, please contact Academic Technology Solutions for a consultation or visit our Office Hours.

Note: During the panel discussion, Kendra Burbank discusses her use of Gradescope. If you would like to learn more about Gradescope, a software tool for assessing student work efficiently and consistently, we invite you to register for our workshop Getting Started with Gradescope. You can also set up a consultation with us if you would like us to provide a customized workshop for your department.