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There are 10 comments on Remote Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19

  1. Congratulations for setting up this on line learning program.

    As an alumni of the College of Engineering 1954, I thank you for stepping up to the challenge.

    It will be something that your students will never forget and better prepare them for the many challenges of life ahead.

    1. Thank you for the well wishes! It’s always great when Alumni reach out, and your encouragement means a lot to all of us here at BU (and all over the world).

      I don’t think any of us will soon forget this semester, and I am really heartened by our students’ resilience, dedication, and flexibility. They are doing a great job!

  2. As one of his colleagues, I recently met Prof. Abrams in a small teaching seminar on how students can make the most of their connections to faculty. It’s wonderful to see how well he has adapted to the present online teaching format. It’s very inspiring!

  3. As a mom with a BU student taking classes through Zoom in our guest room / office, I’m so grateful for this glimpse from the other side of the glass–the professor’s side.

    These days there seems to be a constant drum beat in the back of my mind…how many more confirmed cases in my state and in my town will there be today?…will our relatives in their 80’s be okay?…what’s plan B if we run out of toilet paper?… This article was so refreshing. It brought tears of joy to my eyes. It helped me focus on all the good in the world.

    God bless you, Professor Abrams. You’re a great representation of the good in the world. You demonstrate not only a love of your subject, but also a love of your students, and now you’re also demonstrating for your students (and the rest of us) a can-do attitude–we can do this, we’ll get through this together. I wish you and your family all the best through these trying times.

    1. First of all, it’s so great to hear that your student is home with you, being supported, and staying safe! In these uncertain times, that is what’s most important.

      As a parent myself, I appreciate how helpful it is to shift our focus away from all these concerns and challenges, even if only for a moment. I keep coming back to one thought: in the end, when all of this is long past and we are back to normal, I want my kids to look back and think about the things they did to add warmth, cheer, and positivity to these times — I think that needs to be our focus.

      I’m gratified to have been given this opportunity to share my experiences and to offer encouragement to others. Little acts of goodness and kindness will help us get through this all together. Thank you for your kind words, and G-d bless you and your family.

  4. Dear BU Mom,
    Thank you for your beautiful comment. It was a privilege to work on this story with my colleagues. Binyomin Abrams inspired us, too — and so did all his students, joining together with him to recreate their community of chemistry learners.
    Sara Rimer

  5. Sara,
    What an excellent piece, we have all worked very hard here in Chemistry to keep our students the best experience possible, despite closing the campus. Professor Abrams has led the way in helping us transition to online teaching. Most school gave there faculty 1-2 weeks to transition, whereas we had to figure it out in a few days. You did a great job capturing the human side of this issue.

  6. Great job, Professor Abrams. As an alumna, and a teacher myself, I am proud of what BU is doing to keep the excellence going. Best of luck to you, your family and all you Terriers.

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