So much has changed.

”In about seven days, we converted it to an online environment with faculty who had largely never taught in that environment and students who had largely never learned in that environment,” says Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies Jonathan Cavellero.

But some things haven’t changed, say these Bates professors, who, from their new off-campus workspaces, share insights and takeaways after two weeks of teaching their students remotely.


Video by Theophil Syslo.

The strong bond between students and their professors hasn’t weakened. “I still care about my students — as individuals, people on an intellectual and personal journey,” says Su Langdon, visiting assistant professor of psychology. “I still want them to succeed.”

And the students are still diving into schoolwork.  “I am still teaching a community of students that are enthusiastic about learning the Japanese language,” says Lecturer in Japanese Keiko Konoeda.

Assistant Professor of Biology Lori Banks is impressed. ”I’ve got to give it to them,” she says of her students. “They’re pulling through … They are absolutely stepping up to the plate.”

The faculty who appear in this Bates News video, in order, are:

  • Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Visiting Instructor in Psychology
  • Joshua Rubin, Lecturer in Anthropology
  • Keiko Konoeda, Lecturer in Japanese
  • Michael Rocque, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Jonathan Cavallero, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies
  • Lori Banks, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Su Langdon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Aleksandar Diamond-Stanic, Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Stephanie Pridgeon, Assistant Professor of Spanish
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