Educators, Students Adjust To Learning From Home

Steve Scott
March 30, 2020 - 4:51 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Educators and students across the country are now teaching and learning from home and it’s a learning curve for all.

Hofstra faculty member and WCBS Education contributor, Steve Kussin, says it’s particularly tough on seniors who’ve had their semester and internships cut short and are nearing graduation.

“They have to adapt to many different ways that teachers are teaching. There’s no uniform one way on instructions being delivered," according to Kussin.

Online education means there’s little to no opportunity for students to learn by doing and that’s the biggest obstacle for both professors needing to provide instruction, like Kussin, who teaches radio, TV and film at Hoftsra.

Students handle production equipment, direct their peers and work on script writing. Kussin said, “It’s not lecture, it’s to do. And I sympathized with my colleagues who teach ceramics, who teach archery, who teach sciences. It’s going to be tough to come up with ways to demonstrate without having the students do hands-on. A lot of demonstration, a lot of insertion of tapes, but it’s not the same.”

Professors like Dr. Kussin, have turned to tech software like Zoom, a video conferencing platform with tools that allow Dr. Kussin to distribute his lessons. “It really is pretty incredible some of the things you can insert like PowerPoint, documents, video clips, CDs. Each day I learn something for my lass, so it’s not a 90-minute class. I don’t want to lecture for 90 minutes. I’m trying to make it as visual as possible," Kussin said.

Online education started about a week ago for Hofstra students and it’s unforeseeable how long both students and educators will need to cope with long distance learning.

As Dr. Kussin puts it, they’re doing the best they can.

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