Professor says communication is key as classes go ...

Professor says communication is key as classes go remote

MTSU university studies professor Mike Boyle reviews the university's website in preparation for teaching his classes remotely. MTSU decided to begin offering its current in-person classes remotely beginning March 23 to help keep students, faculty and staff safer during the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. (MTSU photo)

While students are on an extended spring break this week, professors, faculty and staff are working tirelessly to make sure classes are ready to go remote on Monday, March 23.

“Moving a face to face course online is not as easy as some may think.  The first consideration is how to best convey the course information,” explained MTSU tenured professor Dr. Mike Boyle. “It will all work out but I think the key is communicating.”

He added, “We want students to realize that the regular courses that are being changed to a remote format are very different from our true MTSU Online courses. These are being done quickly to get us through these temporary circumstances. Our regular MTSU Online courses are much more robust than what many of our students will experience over the next few weeks.”

Dr. Boyle said he has already been in communication with his students via email and has assured them the University remains committed to their success.

“We must all remember that this is stressful for our students,” he said. “The key is interacting with the students in a way that conveys the information and skills taught in the course, but also being available to them during the next couple of weeks as we work out the details of how our course will look.  Our students are people, and they are looking to us for answers in a very uncertain time. Being available and providing information will go a long way in calming things down.”

While the situation is unique, it’s one that the MTSU community will get through together.

“One of the things I love most about MTSU is the care and concern our students show for one another,” said Deb Sells, Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost for Enrollment Services.

She continued, “I hope you will all be just a little extra kind and considerate during these next few weeks we will all work through the best way to help everyone finish the term successfully.”

Classes will continue to be remote until further notice. You can read the latest here.