USC faculty members showed their dedication to their students — and their resourcefulness — by drawing on best practices for remote teaching in 202o. They quickly moved classes online as part of safety efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some even made national news for their innovation.
Meet several USC professors who thrived in the remote academic environment and found ways to keep college students excited and learning.
‣ Emily Nix:
“I’m not someone who wants to give my students a subpar experience. How can I best replicate the in-person learning experience online and make it engaging and exciting and cool?”
‣ Jack Feinberg
“We couldn’t do really fancy-dancy stuff. But you can show the basic principles of physics with some really simple equipment.”
‣ John Walsh:
“I can tell when students are getting fatigued because their eyes are rolling back in their heads. That’s when it’s time to get on the floor.”
‣ Gail Katz:
“I’ve produced a lot of movies, but nothing like this.”
‣ Patrick Corbin:
“If you’re working in the professional commercial world or concert world, you often use a hotel room to warm up. These are transferable skills. They’re just getting them a little sooner.”
‣ Christian Grose:
“As the semester progressed, I witnessed firsthand the students’ knowledge levels deepen. By the end of the semester, the USC students were true experts in how to fix American democracy.”
‣ Gorjana Bezmalinovic:
“I love helping the students. They like me, and I’m always in a good mood with them. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
‣ Brian Roberts:
“In the face of all of this, you still have to get a show on the air.”
‣ Scott Tennant:
“We’re doing all of this for the students. They’re the No. 1 — they’re the only priority.”
Interested in learning more about best practices for remote teaching? Visit the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching.