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The transition to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic at a regional, rural university: The experience of learning assistants
written by Melanie Fields, Bahar Modir, William G. Newton, Robynne M. Lock, and J. Clay Stanfield
During the Spring 2020 semester, classes at a medium-sized regional rural university transitioned from faceto-face (FTF) to fully online instruction following Spring Break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learning assistants teaching in STEM disciplines experienced difficulties during this transition unique to our student population consisting of many nontraditional and first generation students living in rural areas. We conducted a phenomenological study about these LAs experiences using a Community of Practice (CoP) theory lens. Through interviews with 10 LAs, novel conversations about moving from FTF courses to a virtual setting emerged. In response to the interruptions of the CoP, LAs discussed their new learning opportunities. In this paper, we highlight the opportunities and challenges as encountered by the LAs. Considerations and concerns for instructors with similar student populations are presented.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 149-154
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M. Fields, B. Modir, W. Newton, R. Lock, and J. Stanfield, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15474&DocID=5322).
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M. Fields, B. Modir, W. Newton, R. Lock, and J. Stanfield, The transition to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic at a regional, rural university: The experience of learning assistants, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15474&DocID=5322>.
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Fields, M., Modir, B., Newton, W., Lock, R., & Stanfield, J. (2020, July 22-23). The transition to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic at a regional, rural university: The experience of learning assistants. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved December 1, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15474&DocID=5322
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Fields, M, B. Modir, W. Newton, R. Lock, and J. Stanfield. "The transition to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic at a regional, rural university: The experience of learning assistants." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15474&DocID=5322 (accessed 1 December 2020).
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Fields, Melanie, Bahar Modir, William G. Newton, Robynne Lock, and J. Clay Stanfield. "The transition to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic at a regional, rural university: The experience of learning assistants." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 149-154 of PER Conference. 1 Dec. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15474&DocID=5322>.
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