Melissa Jackson | March 30, 2020
Chad Harms‘ Hawaiian shirt collection was made for such a time as this.
When the coronavirus pandemic shifted all of the University of Notre Dame’s courses online in March, faculty members had to move fast to revamp their syllabi for digital delivery. And so Harms, an associate teaching professor at the Mendoza College of Business, donned a floral patterned button-up shirt and got to work.
Harms is no stranger to the challenges and opportunities presented by online learning. Prior to joining Mendoza’s Management & Organization Department in 2010, he studied effective virtual schooling communication as part of a U.S. Department of Education grant. From his research, he knew that how he framed the mid-semester shift would influence how students in his “Foresight in Business and Society” undergraduate classes connected with one another and their work.
“My primary goal is to keep my students on track toward completing their semester,” he says, explaining how online learning requires faculty members to take additional steps to create a learning environment that could keep students focused and connected.
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