Welcome to the seventh in a new series of weekly insights, delving into the lives and thoughts of college staff working from home.
This week we hear from David G Hughes, who is a lecturer in Counselling at the Coleg Llandrillo.
This contribution is with due humility having been asked to outline my experience of working online from home.
Firstly, I am grateful to colleagues who have distributed tips, as well as the existence of YouTube to learn the methods and craft of 'Google' and its associated wizardry. This avoided my laptop being jettisoned into the garden or howls of inconsolable despair frightening the local villagers.
For me, this experience of teaching online has highlighted the subtle and crucial nuances of what takes place when we interact with others face to face in a classroom. At the start I was seeking ways to make the online learning experience as rich and as interesting as possible, but subsequently found less is more; stopping frequently to engage and allow students to freely talk which would naturally happen in a classroom. In other words, 'creating time' for moments of connection when the material is just the medium and this may also provide supportive benefits to students whilst enduring isolation.
What has unfolded with recent events is significant, but I am reminded of words from Viktor Frankl who said 'When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves'.