The Zoom Chat Solves Education Problems We Didn’t Even Know We Had

When my college went online in March, the overarching education philosophy was Let’s try to keep things normal. Of course none of us knew what that would look like, including me. I’m an undergraduate who works as a writing fellow—a cross between a peer tutor and a TA—in an introductory writing seminar. My “normal” had been walking around a classroom as students worked on their projects, answering questions and giving feedback, while the professor took aside small groups in another room.



a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Zoom has some surprising benefits. Chris Montgomery / Unsplash


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When the professor and I translated this structure online, some of it worked: We could keep the small group/large group dynamic with a breakout room and a main session. But in that main session, I struggled to help students the way I could in person. I had no way to look over someone’s shoulder at

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Omdahl: Measure 1 solves nothing in higher ed

Playing in the background we have an 80-year gripe by the Legislature against the board. It was created in the later 1930s after capitol politics threatened the professionalism of the institutions. Friends of higher education, primarily in Fargo, decided to initiate a constitutional amendment to remove the board from jurisdiction of the legislative and executive branches.

The constitutional status has frustrated the Legislature’s hopes of broadening its empire into higher education and has through the years proposed a number of meddling amendments, almost all of which have been defeated at the polls.

The board now has seven members. Measure 1 would add another seven for a board of 14; a size frowned upon by management companies that have studied the impact of board sizes on committee functions.

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So what are the sponsors expecting from doubling the size?

A larger board would permit broader representation which would be OK except

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