Sunday 17 May 2020
Summer Session Week 2
What a wonderful collection of magical assistants we saw last week! It cheered me up considerably just thinking about using the lovely potions and elixirs and devices we all imagined! Clearly the placebo effect works even for imaginary medicine, the thought of the Polyanna Elixir made me smile so mission accomplished.
It was a week that definitely needed cheering up, as many of us mentioned we are officially staring at a fully online Fall semester, a terrifying prospect in many ways. Even though I had already decided to make my giant courses into online versions regardless of the official plan it was still a shock – seeing it in black and white definitely squashed the tiny bit of hope for a different outcome. But that said, it was absolutely the right decision to make and I’m grateful my university made it now instead of stringing us along until August as I expected them to do.
So, now we turn to coping… Our summers already look very different from the ones we imagined in January, and now there is this giant additional task in front of us. I’m imagining it as a large mythical beast of some kind, stomping closer and closer… I would love to know, what are you thinking about ways to keep the beast from wrecking an entire summer? How will we keep chipping away at the large tasks of converting courses etc. while still making time for the important things we love? How will the poor little research tasks (imagining a fairly fragile fairy here) survive the presence of the monster, who is right now a bigger and meaner version of the regular term-time ones we're pretty good at defeating?
What concrete steps can we take to tame the monster and make it possible to live with it?