I’m back! Yes, for the last 3 weeks I’ve been making the shift back to life in academia. To say it was smooth would be a complete lie! It’s taken me a while to adjust to academic writing and to some of the readings. It’s not that I didn’t read but delving back into Jurgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, Antonio Gramsci, Henry Giroux, Paulo Freire and others was a bit of an adjustment as was getting back to being in an online class environment, commenting, sharing and building rapport with others through the online discussions.
Now that I’ve established a bit of a routine and am settling into things, I’ve had a chance to take a breath. A few takeaways that I have so far:
1. The in-person courses haven’t really changed much.
2. Textbooks are still way to expensive – when will be get to have an online options that isn’t for just a semester!
3. Lecture is still the primary mode of delivery.
4. I want to know what is expected because I need a specific mark.
5. Asking me to connect what I’m doing to school doesn’t make it happen – it’s a bit more complicated than that!
Bonus – the power dynamics are even more obvious now. Wow!
In a nutshell, although it’s been a while, it’s very much the same as the last two times.