What Students Have to Say:

The engaging content, excellent leadership of discussions, blackboard/organizational layout and thoughtful consideration of the possible difficulties students are encountering during this time places her class head and shoulders above the other covid 19 adapted courses but is also more engaging and instructive than any online class I have participated in as well.

Anonymous student

Reflections on Online Teaching

Moving “Introduction to Psychology: Biological Basis of Behaviour” was a daunting task this past summer. I asked myself if every course component, assignment, and interaction platform served our students. If it didn’t, out it went! More importantly, I tried to ensure that the course design reflected our Trent values of inclusivity, compassion, focus, service, and intellectual challenge. The course motto was “Kind words. Kind thoughts. Kind eyes for all”–embodying the need to incorporate online components that allowed students flexibility and moments of redemption as they navigated the COVID pandemic. I was honoured to work with Robyn O’Brien who took these guiding principles and assisted me to incorporated them into our goals. We encountered some glitches and bumps along the way—but kind eyes meant “kind eyes” for our support services and ourselves too. I was overwhelmed with the student engagement in my “exam cram” sessions and how much they appreciated my “mini-talks” on course content. This experience taught me that the generosity of spirit demonstrated by the students in this course gives me great hope for our post-pandemic future.

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