“Our success with remote
teaching is going to be
dependent on our input from
students, so they’ve been
included and are an important
part of this process.”
Harry Starn Assists Leeds with Synchronous Learning
“The synchronous chat is my live classroom.”
Senior Instructor Harry Starn Jr. has more than 15 years of experience creating and teaching online courses, many of them with synchronous learning (online or remote instruction and learning that occurs in real time). When Leeds transitioned to remote teaching, Starn was a valuable resource for his colleagues. He facilitated virtual sessions on delivering live content and navigating Zoom itself. He emphasized that online tools allow for just as much interaction with the students as in the classroom. Starn also underscored the importance of humor, increased communication, adapting to achieve learning objectives, and setting the Zoom stage (e.g., good lighting and sound), among other ideas.
“It is important to keep the class moving,” says Starn. “That means transitioning between screen-share lecture, class conversation with student cameras engaged, polling and breakout rooms.”
Finance in the Cloud
A first-of-its-kind series of events to help up-and-coming finance researchers
Conference cancellations during COVID-19 caused a chasm for academic researchers, eliminating in-person opportunities to exchange ideas and engage in dialogue. Associate Professor Tony Cookson immediately recognized how that would impact professional development for junior faculty. So, he created “Finance in the Cloud,” a series of virtual conferences geared for early-career fi nance researchers, allowing them to continue to workshop their research and limit disruption to their careers.