Professors Behind the Screen
Meanwhile, on the professors’ side of the online lectures...
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Switching to online lectures changed many things for the professors. While students listen to lectures and study at home, professors come to school to record lectures in their various chosen ways. Behind the screens, Hanyang's professors continue to work tirelessly for students’ academic progress even during the pandemic.
Live broadcast video lectures by Professor Klaus Heese
Klaus Heese (Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering) is currently teaching Comparative Biology for undergraduate students at Hanyang University. He also teaches multiple courses in the graduate program, including Selective Lab-work, Biochemistry Laboratory, Current Topics in Neuro-Immunology, Biomedical Tissue Engineering, and Current Topics in Genetics. Currently, he teaches these subjects through live broadcast video lectures.
When asked if there were any difference he had felt between teaching online and offline, he said that he generally felt no difference. He found the Blackboard system convenient and efficient for uploading textbooks and homework, which was also what he always did for his normal courses. Moreover, since he holds his classes live, there was no tangible difference in interacting with his students.
Nevertheless, there were minor inconveniences while holding a live session when he was logged out of the website without notice. Because there was no sign on the screen that indicated whether he was logged in, he realized many moments later that his screen showed nothing. In addition, he said the live sessions are extremely inconvenient for foreign students. Since most international student have been staying in their homeland, the time difference often results in their having to watch the lecture during the nighttime or early morning.
However, he maintained that other than that, he has been generally satisfied with the system. In addition, he said he is trying to respond to the current problems by uploading the recorded version of the class on Blackboard, and advised students to make use of the videos. "Student will be able to use them to revise or make up for missed class materials," said Heese.
Youtube live stream lectures by Professor Hong Ilhan
Hong Ilhan (Graduate School of International Cultures) teaches an elective course, the World of Global Entertainment and Reading Trends. His chosen medium is Youtube’s live streaming. Unlike Professor Klaus Heese, Hong said that he feels a huge difference between teaching online and offline, even saying “They do share the same class title but fundamentally, they are different in every way.”
Hong admitted that not having to go to school itself was a big convenience for him. However, there were many downsides to the system as he had to learn many online technologies in a very short time and also had to fix the curriculum he had already prepared in order to suit the system. Preparing the equipment was also difficult for him, too. More than anything, not being able to interact with the students as much is what he is most dissatisfied with.
In order to overcome the inconveniences caused by the online lecturing system, Hong went over the reviews of the past online lecturing videos. He is also trying out different equipment to improve the audio and screen quality and uses a separate tablet to write on the textbook to replace the whiteboard.
Another problem was interaction within classrooms. “Not every student owns a camera and microphone, so we use Youtube’s "raising hand" and chatting options to interact with each other, which has solved the problem.”
Hong added that a change in mindset is the key. “I try to hold the lecture session with the mindset of –rather than a professor- a Youtuber or a radio DJ. It’s not easy but I am trying.” He thanked his students for patiently understanding the situation and keeping up with their work diligently despite the inconvenience. “I really wish to meet them as soon as possible in the classroom,” said Hong.
Lee Yoon-seo firstname.lastname@example.org
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