With lectures, discussions and office hours conducted virtually this semester, UNC professors have found alternative ways to form relationships and promote engagement with their students.
Junior Jose Rodriguez Gomez, said virtual instruction can interfere with connections between students and professors by limiting opportunities for conversation. But he said his professors are still making efforts to get to know him and accommodate the challenges he faces during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said his professor in his Spanish class reached out to him last week when he forgot to take a quiz, to see if he was facing hardships. After talking to him, Rodriguez Gomez said the professor extended the quiz online.
During the first week of classes, Rodriguez Gomez said his political science professor sent out a questionnaire to get to know his students. He said that before each class session, the professor plays music that a student listed as their favorite on the questionnaire.
“Every time before class starts, he also tries to get to know every student in the first five minutes of class," Rodriguez Gomez said. "He calls on a student and just converses with them a little bit to see what their life is like or to sometimes tell them a joke.”