The Challenges of Making Remote Learning Relevant

Professor Denise Cruz created a welcome video and other new digital approaches for her fall semester courses.

Eve Glasberg
August 25, 2020

In preparation for the fall semester, Denise Cruz, an associate professor of English and Comparative Literature, created a video for students in her Introduction to Asian American Literature course. She introduced the video with these words: “I know a lot of students out there are anxious, worried, stressed and curious about the fall. I’ve been thinking a lot about them. This trailer is dedicated to them and inspired by my past, present and future students and TAs.”

Here Cruz discusses the video—which was cited in a recent Inside Higher Ed essay—and her reasons for producing it, along with her thoughts on how and why professors should pivot creatively with pedagogical innovations to meet the challenges of online teaching and learning in the COVID era.

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