Ryan S. Eanes
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Teaching through COVID-19

Admittedly, the remainder of this semester is going to be a challenge for hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of college students and their professors, but let’s think of the upsides.

Just like so many other universities across the school (and around the world, for that matter), Temple has decided to suspend in-person classes starting on Monday of next week, though the effects of the decision are already being felt today in terms of attendance.

Students are already packing up and some are even already home; consequently, I received something like half a dozen emails from students telling me that they wouldn’t be present today. Unsurprisingly, in my 9 AM class this morning, I had only 11 students out of the 34 that are enrolled. My 11 AM class was slightly better attended, with 13 of 28 present.

Looking backward, moving forward

I can’t remember who exactly I was talking to a few weeks ago about this website–I had mentioned to this person that it (this site) had come up in a recent conversation I’d had at work, which was strange, given that for months if not longer there has been literally nothing posted here aside from an “About Me” page that I half-heartedly updated after installing WordPress on this domain for the umpteenth time. But I made the off-hand comment that I felt like we (as a community of internet users, as much as a relatively anonymous mass can be considered a “community”) had lost something since the earliest days of blogging–perhaps you recall when Blogger was new and novel, or WordPress was still delightfully buggy, or those who weren’t quite ready to host their own site could still dip their toes into the water by using LiveJournal.