Savannah State Professor: Lessons Learned from Engaging Students Online During COVID-19 Crisis

This is an op-ed by Serajul Bhuiyan, a professor and former chairperson of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University. 

COVID-19 has impacted academia worldwide, particularly with teaching and learning. Dazzled by the potential of technology-enhanced courses online, academic institutions are now compelled to teach to meet the toughest challenges in higher education: allowing more students access to college and helping them graduate on time.

Reflecting on experiences teaching fully online during this pandemic, I’ve developed a strategy for creating a dynamic learning environment, integrating values and voices of students’ desire to be actively engaged in synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Here are steps taken related to SSU’s contingency plan regarding online instruction in the university’s learning management platform, Desire to Learn (D2L).

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