For Asians, Normalizing Mental Health Is More Than Raising Awareness

Most recently, I was tasked with creating a community program that provides mental health care for and addresses the impact of racism/xenophobia and COVID-19 on the Chinese immigrant families in the city. For the past two months as everyone scrambled to find and adjust to a new normal (including myself), I was also busy reachingContinue reading “For Asians, Normalizing Mental Health Is More Than Raising Awareness”

How to Boost Student Engagement on Zoom

Student engagement is one of the most important elements for successful teaching and learning. An engaged classroom promotes active learning, critical thinking, and knowledge retainment. When the majority (or even a good chunk) of students are engaged, they co-create a positive learning environment where students not only engage with the materials, but also help supportContinue reading “How to Boost Student Engagement on Zoom”

The Changing Roles of Educators in Online Teaching

In the various conversations that I had with educators in these past months, I heard the resistance to and anxiety about online learning. Many educators who are unfamiliar with online teaching work hard to recreate their classrooms in online learning platforms (e.g. Canvas, Google Classroom, Zoom, etc.). They want to construct an online learning environmentContinue reading “The Changing Roles of Educators in Online Teaching”

How to Convert an Offline Course into an Online One

I’m writing this post in light of the recent school closings due to the corona virus outbreak. As many of my personal friends are fellow educators, I want to share my knowledge in this challenging time. I have been teaching the same online course (Introduction to Sociology) for over two years now. Each semester, myContinue reading “How to Convert an Offline Course into an Online One”

Why Your Online Class Should Be Asynchronous And How You Can Do It

Against the backdrop of school closings and colleges moving their classes online, I hear a lot of chatter about Zoom, Google Hangouts, and different kinds of video conferencing platforms. While these platforms are ideal for hosting “meetings” with students, using them for the purpose of “lecture” might be imprudent. Here, I strongly suggest transforming yourContinue reading “Why Your Online Class Should Be Asynchronous And How You Can Do It”

How to Make Your Online Course Accessible to Most Students

As most colleges and universities in the U.S. are moving their classes online, faculties and students are scrambling to transform their classes into a distance learning model in a very short time. While moving offline classes online so suddenly is difficult for many students (e.g. anxiety, time management issues), it presents even more challenges forContinue reading “How to Make Your Online Course Accessible to Most Students”