All of us experienced a very unique spring semester due to the pandemic. The variety of experiences no doubt will lead to different approaches for the autumn semester. Will most of the teaching (and learning) happen online? How much and what will happen face-to-face? We will hear from several ETH faculty member how the ongoing situation affects their teaching and how they go about it.
Dr. Melanie Erzinger
Dr. Melanie Erzinger shares her experiences with remote teaching in the spring semester and will show consequent decisions for the fall semester. Whereas in spring most of the lectures were done remotely with prerecorded screencast videos, Melanie will teach more often live using Zoom in the fall. For one of her courses – “Food Enzymology”, a course on the Masters level with some practical laboratory work – she is planning to apply a blended learning setting including some experiments the students can perform in their own kitchen at home. Besides experiences and suggestions, Melanie will raise open questions that can be discussed with all participants
Prof. Dennis Kochmann (D-MAVT)
Prof. Dennis Kochmann will talk about his preparation for teaching large engineering Bachelor courses in the fall semester, including both live lecturing (in front of an empty room) and small in-person exercise sessions. He is still navigating options for his usually blackboard-based fundamental classes and will discuss challenges and opportunities and in particular his envisioned solutions for the fall semester (also based on experience from teaching remotely in the spring).
Dr. Abe Edwards
Dr. Abe Edwards from Michigan State University will share his trials and errors with teaching undergraduate mathematics courses online, and discuss helpful instructional technologies. He will briefly present his attempts to humanize the virtual classroom by drawing inspiration from the history of mathematics.