East Bay college professors take courses to learn how to teach online
Sep 4, 2020
Like many of his colleagues, Laury Fischer never expected to teach his classes online, but after nearly five decades as an educator, the Diablo Valley College professor was determined to learn how to do so in a world changed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Recognizing that many others were in the same boat, the Contra Costa Community College District launched a series of professional development classes, which more than a thousand of the district's teachers took this summer.
"I thought, why don't I just stop teaching?" said Fischer, 72. "But I made it a challenge to myself. Maybe I can make it engaging for the students and keep my brain going and learn new things." When college district administrators decided the fall semester would be online, they geared up to offer three times as many "Becoming an Effective Online Instructor" courses as before.