“I Actually Like Teaching on Zoom”

Contributed by Jennifer Brice

Surprisingly, the discussions in my video classes have been better than those in the live era,” writes Viet Thanh Nguyen in this New York Times op-ed about teaching on Zoom (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/15/opinion/zoom-video-school-teaching.html). He acknowledges the trade-offs (warmth and spontaneity v. connection and convenience) but comes down on the side of remote technology, especially (maybe tongue-in-cheek?) with regard to faculty meetings. Mr. Nguyen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who received an honorary doctorate from Colgate in 2019, invites us to think about which lessons or tools we might like to keep in our post-pandemic teaching.