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A question for those working in higher education

I have seen in several threads that there are quite a few people who work in higher education that monitor/post regularly.

I am returning this fall as a masters student, and part of my assistantship is being a teaching assistant for a class. I learned today that the “class” I was supposed to work with has been split in two. Most of the class is online, but some things will be done in person.

I am NOT complaining about the split (even though it creates more time that I will need to devote to working, even if it is only one hour per week) just wondering what others are facing. I’ve seen a lot of guidance about reduction in class size, especially limiting the number of students in a computer lab, and I was wondering what everyone else is experiencing.

Stay sane, everyone!

by Anonymousreply 1208/01/2020

Can I have your stuff?

by Anonymousreply 107/30/2020

R1, I did get a Will written.

I don’t think you’re in it.

by Anonymousreply 207/30/2020

R2 - I can correct your homework and rub your feet. I am also a pretty decent top...but only if you use Apple products and douche before sex and avoid the chili con carne like a self respecting homosexual.

by Anonymousreply 307/30/2020

Ernst, it should be fairly easy to accomplish your duties as a T.A. If not, you're working for the wrong prof or you chose a lousy grad program.

Good luck!

by Anonymousreply 407/30/2020

I’m so excited, an Ernst post!

by Anonymousreply 507/30/2020

Hey Ernst! Don't forget to ask some frat boys to pound your ass once school is back to normal.

by Anonymousreply 607/31/2020

What Ivy or other over-priced playpen are you attending that you have an assistantship available to you? I withdraw the remark if you are in STEM.

by Anonymousreply 707/31/2020

I do not know anything about TA because I went to a graduate program without any undergrads and now I teach in a undergrad program without grad students.

But it is going to be emotionally difficult because we know we are delivering an inferior product this fall. Studio classes do not work online. Discussion/lecture classes are less engaged.

A good part of the teaching happens walking to and from class, in line at the coffee stand, and parking lot. Informal conversation between teacher and student or between student and student is where a lot of the education really happens.

But there are no informal conversations on Zoom.

by Anonymousreply 807/31/2020

Hey, Moose! I hope you’re surviving the virus!

R7, I am attending Ohio State. It is a grant funded position. I’m writing a “model curriculum” for teachers in the state in a STEM field. I also am working with some pre-service teaching methods students.

I agree, R8! The person who took my position in Minnesota when I moved quit the job in the middle of their remote learning. The district asked me to return (from a distance) to finish out the year since my MN License was still valid. It was so different. Even kids who I had in class for years were distant and less engaged. I was surprised when Ohio State didn’t shift the class I’m helping with online, but hopefully that means it is a better class.

by Anonymousreply 908/01/2020

Ernst, you should have gone back home. Columbus will suck any reason for living out of you.

by Anonymousreply 1008/01/2020

R10, I’ve been living in Columbus for more than a year and I really like it, actually. It is a touch hotter here than it is in Minnesota, but I grew up in New Mexico, so I’m not complaining about this heat. I don’t really have any other complaints.

by Anonymousreply 1108/01/2020

Thank you, Ernst.

by Anonymousreply 1208/01/2020
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