University classes online don’t seem like that much of a big deal, except… I’m learning more about my own learning style and my limitations with this digital medium.
I have two studio classes, the one that revealed my challenge was a textiles exploration studio class where we will be exploring natural dyes and fabric dying processes. There are many preparatory steps before we start this process and a moutainous amount of things that have to be done in setting up the home studio. Most of these steps would be demonstrated in class and we would be practicing them in university studio spaces with the teacher there to guide us and answer questions. The Zoom class format we are in now makes this much more asynchronous. I realize I have a limited ability to retain too many instructions at once without the opportunity to do some hands-on practicing to build my understanding. I need time to reflect.
This is also happening in my other online classes… I feel it is taking me a lot more time to retain what is being taught when I have to listen to a video and then work on the process. Say all the guy jokes you want, but I admit that in this scenario I am terrible at multitasking.
I’ll be posting as much as possible about this process and invite feedback from fellow teachers and learners in these odd times.