Faculty and Staff — March 30, 2020
Scott Nelson: Helping instructors from his living room
The videos are two minutes long, but each one takes about two hours to prepare, shoot, edit and post. Nelson has made nine so far, nearly one a day since Ohioans were asked to hunker down at home. He initially posted them only on his Twitter account (@ScottINelson but has since added them to a YouTube channel (teaching 4+2morrow) so instructors outside the Twitterverse could find them.
Nelson concedes that working from home is tricky. His wife is a nurse at The James Cancer Hospital, so he’s juggling his work duties while attending to the needs of two young children who occasionally crash his videos.
“Our leaders at ODEE — Mike Hofherr, Liv Gjestvang, Rob Griffiths — they’ve been so encouraging and so supportive during this time. It’s telling that they continue to remind us to put our families first, put our own health and well-being first, even as the university is undertaking the monumental task of moving everything online.”
When asked to reflect on Ohio State’s response to the coronavirus crisis, Nelson said he believes a “paradigm shift” is occurring. “A lot of instructors who might not have fully understood the online environment now find themselves immersed in it,” he said. “I think they will ultimately look back at this time and realize the opportunity it created to move them into a different space for teaching and learning.”