As higher education is compelled to pivot to remote teaching and learning, faculty members and students require new skills. In this series of enlightening video podcasts, Schar School professors, staff, and scholars will explore best practices while examining—and questioning—their own methods for successful and humane distance teaching and learning.
- Episode 1: Making the Switch to Online Teaching
Join host Rob McGrath and Schar School professors Delton Daigle and Heba El-Shazli as they discuss experiences and strategies in switching to online teaching in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include the benefits of asynchronous design and accessibility of content delivery.
- Episode 2: Being Intentional with Online Teaching
Rob McGrath hosts Schar School colleagues Bonnie Stabile, Eric McGlinchey, and Sheldon Edner for a discussion on intentional course design. Other topics include the virtues of editing lecture content for online delivery and the distinction between graduate and undergraduate learners.
- Episode 3: Student Experiences of the COVID Transition to Online Learning
Rob McGrath hosts Schar School undergraduate government and international politics majors Fatiha Tabibipour, Sasha Silva, and Sally Kishi for a recap of the COVID-19 Spring semester from a student perspective. Topics include lessons learned from the transition to better prepare students and faculty for an uncertain Fall.
- Episode 4: The Black Lives Movement and Higher Education
Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Jatia (Tia) Wrighten discuss the pillars of the Black Lives Movement in the United States with Schar Conversations host Mariely Lopez. In addition, they explore how the Black Lives Movement should matter for academia, higher education, curriculum development, and teaching.
- Episode 5 How to Run an Election During a Pandemic
Leading local election experts talk with Professor Jennifer Victor about the perils of running an election during a global pandemic. The conversation draws on expertise from election administrators (Brenda Cabrera), George Mason University administrators (Kristen Wright), and a Schar student and election volunteer extraordinaire (Jean Thoensen). The conversation covers the challenges to elections in 2020, the best practices for voters and local administrators, and how Mason students can best engage their civic voices this election season.
Schar Conversations Podcast Team: Delton Daigle, Heba El-Shazli, Bassam Haddad, Mariely Lopez-Santana, Robert McGrath, Matthew Scherer, Jennifer Victor, Jo-Marie Burt, Matt Green, Peter Mandaville, Eric McGlinchey, Char Miller, and J.P. Singh
Those interested in joining the conversation may contact Bassam Haddad at firstname.lastname@example.org, or any of the team members listed above (see the faculty directory for contact information).