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Encouraging Biliteracy Through Online Learning

May 13, 2021 – Dr. Bridget Yaden, professor of Hispanic and Latino Studies at Pacific Lutheran University, served as the President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) for the very eventful year of 2020.

Educator and Cheerleader: Dr. Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen

May 13, 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting itself to be a challenging time for educators, but experienced professors like Dr. Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen are facing this challenge head-on.

Teaching during a Global Pandemic

May 13, 2021 – Professor Rings sits in the basement of his house in Downtown Tacoma explaining the difference between being online versus in the classroom during a global pandemic.

Un Remedio: Confronting the Challenges of Distance Learning

May 13, 2021 – When asked how her students are persevering in times of distance learning, Giovanna Urdangarain, Associate Professor of Hispanic and Latino Studies responded, “They inspire me daily.”

Scholarship, Sleep, and Self in the Pandemic

May 13, 2021 – Nancy Simpson-Younger sits at her desk, poised to explain how communicating remotely is completely different from speaking face-to-face, when a loud bang sounds from behind her.

The Adaptation of Learning

May 13, 2021 – In March 2020 PLU shifted to online learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “How will classes work? Will there still be group projects? Will Capstone presentations still happen? How long will it be like this?”

Professor Rick Barot discusses being longlisted for the National Book Award and teaching creative writing during a pandemic

December 3, 2020 – Rick Barot is a highly acclaimed national figure in poetry whose 2020 collection “The Galleons” was recently longlisted for the National Book Award. He’s also a dedicated creative writing teacher, serving as an English professor at Pacific Lutheran University and the director of the Rainier Writing Workshop – PLU’s low-residency creative writing MFA program.

Professor Samuel Torvend on Martin Luther’s teachings during the plague

November 9, 2020 – The trials, tribulations, and big questions that confounded 16th century Europeans as they faced the bubonic plague are eerily similar to what we are facing right now with COVID-19 and other social issues. German professor and priest, Martin Luther, had a lot of ideas of what people, and their political and spiritual leaders, should be doing in such trying times.

Pandemic Performance: PLU Music Chair Brian Galante on education during the coronavirus

October 19, 2020 – As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to impact the world, educators are being forced to get creative as classrooms move online. Remote learning combined with the cancellation of large, in-person events, and concerns over the germ-spreading potential of singing and playing wind instruments means Pacific Lutheran University’s Department of Music has had to rethink everything from instruction to performance opportunities. We asked Brian Galante, chair of the PLU music department, to talk about how faculty are working to preserve valuable instruction while keeping students safe.

Prof. Bridget Yaden on using technology to make remote learning inviting and accessible

March 25, 2020 – Distance learning and teaching can feel isolating at times. PLU Professor of Hispanic Studies Bridget Yaden has been combating these potential limitations by using different technological tools to make her virtual classroom as accessible and accommodating as possible.

Prof. Gregory Youtz talks transitioning classrooms and teaching styles to distance learning

March 19, 2020 – Switching a campus-based curriculum to a distance-learning model mid-semester in the face of a pandemic is no easy feat. Luckily, PLU professor of music Gregory Youtz and his faculty peers have proved to be up for the challenge.