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Remote Resilience: Stories of Success

BY TETTLEMA – MARCH 17, 2020

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As ASU continues to monitor COVID-19, the university has transitioned from in-person teaching and learning to remote options. In this challenging time, however, the collective innovation of ASU faculty and staff has demonstrated remarkable adaptability. As a method of celebrating the good during uncertain developments, the University Technology Office is gathering success stories of “remote resilience” from the ASU community. The situation globally and across the country is changing daily, but we also plan to share these stories to keep pace.

For example, Senior Lecturer Christina Carrasquilla found the use of Zoom, ASU’s video conferencing tool, for two of her classes was smooth and enjoyable. Carrasquilla teaches Graphic Information Technology for the Fulton School of Engineering -- online as well as on-campus classes. “My experience teaching online was very helpful in switching to remote teaching,” she said. “So far, transitioning to remote teaching has been seamless and my students have found it enjoyable.”

And students embraced the technology, using Zoom functionalities like breakout rooms and shared screens for a full educational experience. “A student even messaged me on Slack [ASU’s instant messaging tool] later to say she really enjoyed the class via Zoom, it was fun,” Carrasquilla said. Carrasquilla’s framing of the class as equivalent to the in-person experience, including the “raised hands” and chat features of Zoom, marks a significant achievement by one of our faculty amid all of the changes at ASU.

But Carrasquilla isn’t alone, and our “Remote Resilience” series will continue to showcase faculty innovation and success in this transition for the foreseeable future. Watch this space and follow UTO on LinkedIn and Twitter for more updates.

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