In the last year, professors around the globe found themselves thrust into a whole new world. Millions of viral memes emerged, putting on display the trials and tribulations of acclimatizing to the virtual world of teaching. Through this all they persevered, learned how to cope and even found some ingenuity along the way.
Dr. Rea Marcelissen, a professor in the Veterinary Technology program was a presenter at this year’s Association of Veterinary Technician Educators Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Although, due to the pandemic she was not allowed to attend in person, thanks to the marvels of technology she was able to present virtually. Her talk, entitled, "From Scalpel to Streaming: A New Professor’s Experience in Teaching during a Global Pandemic," was a light-hearted presentation on the challenges of the past year of teaching, through the eyes of a new professor. In addition to sharing her experience, she shared some soft skills and technological tips she learned along the way.
"It was an amazing experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was great to have participants laughing with me and commenting on how my experience echoed theirs over the past 18 plus months. I was proud to be a member of the St. Lawrence College team and present our innovations to the global stage. Without our School of Contemporary Teaching and Learning and the Information Technology department, much of our adaptations would not have possible. I hope to be able to attend next year’s conference in Philadelphia, to gather more insights in to the future of veterinary technology education."
Learn more about the Association of Veterinary Technology Educators' annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri.