What Will Be Our Future? Impact of COVID on Teaching, Engagement, and Learning
When: June 7, 2023, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
The COVID pandemic massively disrupted standard teaching practices. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, this session addresses the question “What Will Be Our Future?” in the classroom as we move past COVID. The session begins with a 60-minute panel discussion by a trio of faculty members from Abilene Christian University’s College of Business Administration sharing their insights on the impact of COVID on teaching and learning. After the panel session, Brad Lemler of Howard Payne University asks and answers the question, “What Has Happened to My Students?” in the post-COVID environment.
Jennifer Golden, David Perkins, and Phil Vardiman, Abilene Christian University, “Impact of COVID on Teaching, Engagement and Learning: We Can’t Go Back to Where We Were, So How Do We Best Move Forward?”
The panelists will discuss their interdisciplinary perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on teaching, engagement and learning. During the pandemic, professors adapted to meet challenges both inside and outside of the classroom. Now that things are “moving back to normal,” have we taken the time to reflect on the experience of our students and the impact of the pandemic on their development? This panel will address themes related to the state of student learning and create a systematic illustrative model to address these challenges. Additional research ideas will be presented in areas such as technology, hybrid learning and classroom management.
Brad Lemler, Howard Payne University, “What Has Happened to My Students? Teaching Business Majors in a Post-virus Policy World”
Prior to the virus’ onset in Spring 2020, Christian higher education faced challenges. Responses to the virus either added to existing challenges or introduced new ones. I saw this first hand in the Fall 2022 with two classes for first-time, full-time business majors. My experience was validated by other faculty and the content of articles that began to appear in late fall. What is the optimal response to these changes? Are they transitory or permanent? Do they require a pedagogical tune-up or overhaul? Can theology help?
Russell Dabbs, Lubbock Christian University, Convener
- Jennifer Golden, David Perkins, and Phil Vardiman, Abilene Christian University, “Impact of COVID on Teaching, Engagement and Learning: We Can’t Go Back to Where We Were, So How Do We Best Move Forward?”
- Brad Lemler, Howard Payne University, “What Has Happened to My Students? Teaching Business Majors in a Post-virus Policy World”