Please consider participating in the following roundtable at the virtual CASCA annual meetings. May 12-15, 2021.

Title: Morality and Pedagogy During Pandemic Teaching

Abstract: As we near the one-year anniversary of the ‘pivot’ to remote post-secondary teaching, we reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities that have emerged.  One major challenge is encapsulated in debates around the ethics of being a good instructor and of being a good student.  Post-secondary institutions encourage instructors to do the ‘right’ thing for students by offering content synchronously, asynchronously, and in a wide range of hybrid formats.  More than ever, employers encourage instructors, explicitly or implicitly, to take on roles as mental health first responders and social workers, and to attempt to help students through health and financial crises. At the same time, there is also a “moral panic” about the integrity and morality of students.  This panic manifests itself in pressures to incorporate proctoring software, in efforts to make students turn on their cameras for class discussions to “prove” they are really there, and a fear that the students attending class are not who they say they are. What might we make of the simultaneous exhortation to do right by our students and yet to assume the worst of them?    Much of this discourse on student morality and ethics stems from the same institutions and offices that are implementing policies that threaten to undermine good teaching and learning: increased tuition and larger class sizes, for example. If we disentangle the way that this paradox, among others, manifests itself during the pandemic, what might we learn?

This roundtable seeks to interrogate the entanglements of pedagogy, ethics, and institutional pressures and policies that are ostensibly based on “goodness” broadly speaking: the goodness of students, of instructors, and of particular work and learning environments. We seek participants who are coming from different perspectives, teaching environments, and career stages and trajectories. 

If you are interested in participating in this roundtable, please send a brief description or suggestions of the topic(s) you would like to address and discuss to Mary-Lee Mulholland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Maggie Cummings (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by January 26th.