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In Teaching Under Quarantine, Connection & Tangible Work Are Key

April 24, 2020

Stamps Assistant Professor Kelly Murdoch-Kitt recently published a piece on the AIGA Design Educators Community with her longtime research partner Denielle Emans of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.

Titled “In Teaching Under Quarantine, Connection & Tangible Work Are Key,” the article offers insights from Murdoch-Kitt and Emans’s research in long-distance collaborations to help those who are teaching remotely due to COVID-19-related campus closures. 

Among their recommendations, they emphasize maintaining and cultivating interpersonal connections as a class, putting students into small groups to promote peer-to-peer learning and help people feel less isolated, and to incorporate some hands-on elements so that not all learning activities take place on the screen.

“Remember that analog activities—sketching, walking, cooking, singing, etc.—will help you and your students not only to maintain your sanity but also to feel connected to the projects and meaningfully engaged in learning,” they write.

Read the full piece here.

In Teaching Under Quarantine, Connection & Tangible Work Are Key