Brent Yergensen, an associate professor of Arts & Letters, remarked how his workload has been quite heavier. “Every conversation, every question session, every PowerPoint lesson and every overview of an assignment has to be produced, scripted, filmed, posted and followed up upon. The amount of preparation is significantly more for faculty.
“More worrisome is wondering if the wisdom and impact of content are becoming as meaningful to the students in this distance format,” Yergensen said. “Online learning has a purpose, but it is weak compared to the physical classroom quality of learning.”
Pooley said professors who held live classes, the workload may have increased somewhat, but professors who recorded videos or sent students to YouTube had seen a reduction in their workload.
He said learning Zoom and Proctorio took some time but has added to a professor’s skillset. “Our biggest problem is that we didn’t have support staff that knew much about creating effective and productive online courses,” Pooley added.
Court said his favorite part about teaching has always been connecting with students. “Even with video conferencing technology, it is still challenging to have a similar sense of connection when teaching remotely.”
Before coming to BYUH, Court taught online for more than three years, and most of his graduate work has been online, so he is no stranger to online learning, he said.
“However, I’m definitely in the camp of teachers who prefer face-to-face learning,” Court added.
Yergensen said it is hard not to be with the students in a physical setting. “I miss being with the students in the classroom. The result of true mentorship is hindered in remote teaching.”
He is looking forward to being in the classroom again, saying, “We are learning to be better remote and online teachers, but I miss the BYUH students.”