How do you teach animation when you’re stranded on the other side of the world? Meg Bisineer had no choice but to find out after she was stranded in London during the first wave of the pandemic.

In this episode of the Ding-O-Meter, we’re very pleased to welcome Meg back to the podcast to learn about her year of teaching online. Meg is an animator, artists and assistant professor at California College of the Arts, and when we first spoke with Meg she was stuck in London – unable to return to her home in the Unites States. 

We catch up with Meg to find out how she’s managed to successfully teach her students online despite an 8-hour time difference. Ding moments to listen out for in this episode include:

  • How students have had more opportunity to see and feedback on each other’s work when learning online than they would have had in the physical classroom;
  • Why smaller, social ‘spaces’ for students are central to effective online teaching, and how these can be created through groupwork activities and online communities;
  • The need to factor in the time it takes to prepare effective learning materials to support online learning, and
  • The importance of being human, and of allocating enough time for 1-2-1 and small group conversations with students.

If you enjoy this episode, you might also like to listen to our first conversation with Meg.

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