Carthage faculty change course to adapt classrooms during pandemic
Unusual times offer unusual opportunities.
Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying stay-home directives forced colleges like ours to shift to remote instruction for the spring semester. But creative Carthage faculty members have turned that lemon into some ultra-refreshing lemonade.
Know who else is cooped up at home, thirsting for human interaction (even the virtual kind)? In many cases, top professionals in the field, as professors quickly realized. A variety of guests have visited with Carthage classes via video chat, including these:
Graphic Design Senior Seminar (Professor Laura Rodman Huaracha)
- Michael Bierut, a partner in the New York office of Pentagram design firm
Sports Media (Professor Jon Bruning)
- Daniel Orlando Diaz ’11, director of World Cup and Olympic partnerships at NBCUniversal
- Nick Cottrell ’16, an account executive for group sales and events with the Chicago Fire
- Matt Thome ’17, an account manager for premium sales and hospitality with the Sacramento Kings
- Zac Palissard ’15, an account manager for premium sales with the Miami Dolphins
- Holly Weber ’14, graphic designer for University of Missouri Athletics
- Jen Rader ’11, marketing and media manager for the Utah Youth Soccer Association
Money and Banking (Professor Cassie Lau)
- Shadia Museitif, mortgage advisor from Finance of America
- Brett Davis, vice president for New Holland North America at CNH Industrial
Students in Professor Matt Borden’s advanced Spanish courses have sharpened their conversational and cultural fluency in Zoom sessions with native speakers.
Prof. Borden arranged the “intercambio” between his students and peers who are learning English at Tandem, a Madrid-based language academy. Carthage has partnered with Tandem in the past to put on programs during J-Term study tours in Spain.
The exchange goes beyond vocabulary. During one session, the Carthage contingent and the native Spanish speakers swapped visual examples of favorite foods from their kitchens.
“The human component of what we’re all going through right now is this emotional comfort of seeing other people around the world,” said Prof. Borden, who hopes some of the new acquaintances can connect in person on a future study tour.
To keep Professor Kim Instenes’ Play Production II course on track, campus bookstore staff were able to ship theatrical makeup kits directly to students’ homes.
When the wide-ranging class reached a section on makeup, Prof. Instenes demonstrated (via Zoom) how to apply it — using her daughter as the model. Kits in hand, theatre students headed to their respective bathrooms to replicate her technique and receive live feedback.
Other creative examples?
We’d love to share more stories of Carthage faculty with creative approaches to remote teaching. If you’ve lined up a special guest or have an inventive plan for an upcoming class, please email Mike Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.