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Abstract Title: The transition to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic at a regional, rural university: The experience of learning assistants
Abstract: During the Spring 2020 semester, classes at a medium-sized regional rural university transitioned from face-to-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.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: 1.J4
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
Contributed Paper Download: Download Contributed Paper

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Melanie Fields
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75135
Phone: 9034507133
and Co-Presenter(s)
Bahar Modir, Texas A&M University-Commerce
William G. Newton, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Robynne M. Lock, Texas A&M University-Commerce
J. Clay Stanfield, Texas A&M University-Commerce