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One of the advantages and disadvantages of teaching an online class is never getting to meet my students. For once, our lack of face-to-face on campus contact has a benefit: there was a shooting on the UALR campus last night. The victim is in hospital. Classes on campus were canceled last night.

I hope my students are safe. I want them safe on campus too, but am selfishly grateful that, at least for now, they weren't endangered for any of the classes I teach. Online teaching can be very effective, but I feel sorry for students who never have a chance to interact with any of their instructors face-to-face. This shouldn't be a reason to encourage online classes in lieu of face-to-face ones even if, temporarily, it's a comfort.



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Feb. 28th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, how horrible. I'm thinking of you and your students.
Feb. 28th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
That is frightening. Ditto :(
Feb. 28th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
*hug* I'm so sorry! That's terrifying. I hope that everyone is OK...
Feb. 29th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
The victim wasn't anyone I've taught, but 20-30 people witnessed the shooting, so they still may have been directly affected that way.
Feb. 28th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
yeesh! In response to such events, my Assemblywoman has managed to get passed (only in one house so far) a state bill to allow students (or anyone else) to carry concealed weapons anywhere, including college campuses -- as long as they don't drink alcohol at the same time. I am selfishly glad for you that you live in a slightly more sane country. And I do hope all your students are all right.
Feb. 29th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
But my students live in the country you're in!

The victim wasn't one of my students, but the shooting was witnessed by so many people, some of them may have been affected that way.
Feb. 28th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Scary. :-(
Feb. 29th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Feb. 29th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
Is it just me, or has there been a lot of that going around lately? :(
Feb. 29th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Not here! There well may have been in the states, but unless it makes the BBC headlines or my f'list I may well not know of it.
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