"Another Proposal for the 'Hybrid' Class" (post) presents "an [ingenious] and affordable" idea: "allow teaching assistants to assist with teaching!"
- It lists a variety of tasks TAs/GAs can perform to make teaching with Zoom easier and more efficient.
- "Designate a teaching assistant ... to manage the grid, check the queue, and toggle the screen share."
- "[S]tudents ... handle all of the technical elements of the class, and the professors can do what they do best: teach."
- "[S]tudent[s] would gain immeasurable experience by working so closely with a professor."
2. Specific Suggestions
TAs/GAs could do the following so "[t]he professor can keep teaching without disruption":
a. "[M]onitor Zoom throughout the class"
- "[C]heck if anyone raises a 'blue' hand [or] ... disconnects from the class (an absence)"
- "[R]emin[d] a student he is muted, or not muted"
b. Monitor the chat throughout the class
- "[R]ead the question[s] aloud to the professor."
- "[E]xercise some discretion: not all comments deserve to be read aloud."
c. "[M]anage the Professor's powerpoint slides or other visuals."
- "[T]oggl[e] between a screen share and the grid"
- "[R]un assessments (quizzes and polls), and display the results for the class"
- "[I]f there are technical problems, ... call IT, and quickly get help."