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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

Teaching the teacher

The COVE studio is located in LRC 128 and hosts workshops weekly on Tuesdays and Thursday from 12 pm to 1 pm. Nick Hunte | [email protected]

A stormy Thursday at City College, with dark skies dropping their ballast, scurrying students and instructors seek shelter in the Learning Resource Center.

Most make their way upstairs or toward the Counseling Center, but a few professors splinter off toward the Center for Online and Virtual Education (COVE) to become students themselves—if only for an hour or two.

Tucked away deep in the first floor of the LRC, the COVE is a modified television studio that has been updated to suit the needs of modern distance education. Jory Hadsell, professor and faculty coordinator for distance and online education at City College, designed the COVE to “function as a faculty innovation center and both a physical and virtual space where faculty and students can connect for learning and community activities.”

Today the studio floor is furnished with four desks and two handfuls of chairs to fulfill its first function as a teacher-teaching tool. A projector screen is front and center, slides ready for the day’s workshop.
“It’s a good day to stay at the office,” Hadsell says, referring to the spring rain.

Office-dwellers can still view and comment on Hadsell’s workshop through Adobe Connect, a software program that allows for live online viewing of the event. David Martin, education media design specialist at the COVE, monitors these comments as Hadsell explains the intricacies of City College’s Desire to Learn (D2L) Dropbox system during a presentation.

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Distance education coordinator Jory Hadsell and educational media design specialist David Martin pose in the COVE studio in the LRC. Nick Hunte | [email protected]

“[D2L] is a great organizational tool, especially [with] online classes. Where you’re not with the student, it’s important to have,” says Taylor, who just attended his second workshop.

City College student Fue Vang, 19, agrees to some extent.

“Of course [D2L] should be required for online-only and hybrid classes, but online services don’t enhance the college experience,” says Vang. “The college experience is all about being on campus. The only reason we go to college is to make connections.”

Hadsell says online education services can be more than simple teaching tools, intending for the COVE to be used for a variety of presentations in addition to lectures and workshops, including university seminars and student performances.

“We are trying to bring together students and trying to engage the virtual with the physical,” Hadsell says. “We want [the COVE] to be a resource that strengthens our online program and adds to the college community.”

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