On the call were Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, and Diane Huckabay. Tonight’s topic was:
Dealing With Unexpected Emotional and Difficult Situations Online as Opposed to Onsite
We talked about what we’ve done in class sessions. We recognize that there is an element of trust in all of this. Tom rightly pointed out that a class is only part of the learning. Questions:
- What is lost if someone misses several class sessions?
- Can community standards or a contract with the learners help?
- Can the class structure allow for students to “fail” in small ways (e.g., missing a class) and still succeed in the class?
- Are these external resources at the institution which can help the student?
- How do you build a strong community that together can deal with unexpected or difficult situations?
- How do we build the skills to handle Black Swan events in our classes when they happen?
We mentioned blog posts by Heather Plett such as “What it means to “hold space” for people, plus eight tips on how to do it well.”
At the end of the recording, you can hear Maurice talk about the phrases that stood out to him, including:
Listening to the silence. Seeing the emotion.
It was a lively discussion! Take a listen.