Waynesburg University’s Beth Merry, instructor of communication, and Dr. Faith Musko, assistant professor of forensic science, recently spoke at Gannon University’s 2021 Teaching and Learning Summit.
Merry and Dr. Musko were among four other faculty members from three local universities that discussed how they have overcome the challenges of teaching caused by the pandemic, as the summit’s focus was improving education and engagement during the COVID-19 era.
Merry presented a session titled “WhatsApp Instead of What’s Up,” while Dr. Musko shared a presentation titled “Building Rapport and Comfort in 10 Easy Minutes.”
“The Gannon Teaching and Learning Summit encouraged vital cross-collaboration amongst faculty to share their experiences [in] improving the in-person and online educational setting for all students,” Dr. Musko said.
“I always think it’s good to collaborate. I think that when you talk to others who are doing the same thing that you are, you have all kinds of great ideas,” Merry said. “You listen to what they’re doing, what their best practices are, and it really helps make you a better teacher.”
In addition to sharing their own pedagogies, Merry and Dr. Musko were able to gain ideas from fellow participants that they will be able to utilize in their own classrooms.
“Personally, I [was] inspired by this cross-collaboration to try new things for the benefit of our Waynesburg University community,” Musko added.
To view a recording of the event, specifically the presentations by Merry and Dr. Musko, click the link below. Merry's presentation begins around the 20:00 mark, while Dr. Musko's presentation begins around the 1:05:00 mark.