As University of Cincinnati students shift into learning remotely from their safe spaces, faculty are broadcasting lessons virtually from empty labs, classrooms or home offices.
To navigate these new virtual waters, many are seeking ways to deal with their frustrations and uncertainties by continuing to creatively express themselves.
“What better way to do that than through the arts and other creative outlets, especially now,” says Brigid O’Kane, associate professor of industrial design at UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). “People are experiencing a lot of emotion right now and it’s okay. Being aware of one’s emotions is important; it fosters thoughtful responses instead of careless reactions.”
Awareness is key and creative outlets are what she hopes will help channel those emotions constructively.
“The last two days of classes at DAAP, after the University announced the suspension of face-to-face teaching were heart-wrenching,” she says. “There were air hugs from a safe distance and tears. It was so sad. One of my students had to fly back to India and she’ll finish out the semester online like everybody else.”