The art of materials science and teaching online

The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the traditional forms of education, and both students and teachers are forced to adapt to a new normal of online teaching and learning. Multiple surveys indicate that students feel more stress in front of a camera than sitting in a classroom. The remote teaching also poses challenges to teachers who need to make a qucik transformation to explore and experiment with unconventional ways of knowledge transfer. In this article, Professor Geoffrey Ozin shares his thinkings, experiences and suggestions relating to the new paradigm of teaching and learning based on his long and colorful career in materials science. “The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way in which we teach, but it doesn’t have to be all bad” he said, with highlights on his new stress-easing evaluation method of being oral rather than written by the help of 3-5 power-point slide presentations in 3-5 minutes with 5 minutes of questions and answers. He also encourages more online interactions to compensate the lost positivity of the socio-educational student-teacher experience. See full story at Advanced Science News.

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