COMPSA to hold Town Hall meeting on remote learning

School of Computing professors to attend event

Flora Lin, COMPSA vice-president (student affairs), said the event will let everyone reflect together.
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After a full semester of online learning, the Computing Students Association (COMPSA) will be holding a Town Hall meeting this Friday at 5 p.m. over Zoom to reflect on the remote student learning experience.

The Town Hall will overview students’ experiences after the fall term, to find ways to improve online learning in the
winter term.

“We want to convey that everyone had to adapt to the pandemic and that everyone shares that feeling of frustration. We want to compile what works for students in terms of learning experience, and if it is possible for professors to embed them into their teaching in the upcoming term,” Flora Lin, COMPSA vice-president (student affairs), told The Journal. “While it is unfortunate that the winter term will also be remote, COMPSA wants to facilitate this event so everyone can reflect together and improve the situation.”

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“Since the start of the term, there has been a disconnect between faculty and students that cannot be replicated on Zoom calls or onQ discussion boards. This pandemic is pushing everyone to adapt and adjust to new ways of learning/teaching.”

Lin said students in the School of Computing have experienced several issues throughout the semester, with professors implementing more weekly assignments rather than bigger projects. Students have also felt a greater disconnect from professors due to all communications being online.

“The fall term has been very new and frustrating for students in general, which is why having this discussion will bring to light these issues,” Lin said. “Hopefully, we can find ways to resolve them going forward.”

The event will be attended by both students and faculty. Lin said Professor Nick Graham, Professor Randy Ellis, Professor Ting Hu, and Professor Wendy Powell will all be in attendance at the event to reflect on the online learning experience with students.

“This term has been very frustrating for students and faculty alike and having this open discussion to talk about what works and what doesn’t would benefit both parties greatly.”

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