Commentary: Online teaching doesn’t have to suck for students or educators

SINGAPORE: Every week I read about another university in the United States forced to abandon in-person instruction due to a sudden rise in coronavirus cases: UNC-Chapel Hill, Notre Dame, James Madison.

This sudden change of direction has taken a toll on students, who are now restricted to remote instruction and self-isolation after moving to campus only weeks before.

It has also impacted faculty members, now forced to redesign their modules in the midst of the semester.

Here in Singapore, I have been planning for online teaching since May, when the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences made the controversial decision to offer nearly every course online this semester.

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The decision was unpopular with many colleagues, including me. After all, nearly everyone prefers face-to-face instruction.

READ: Commentary: How ready are Singapore universities to start the new term as COVID-19 rages on?

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