Professor of Chemistry Norbert Furumo acknowledges that online classes can be tough, but that it should not discourage students from continuing to pursue an education. “Students must treat online classes like they would a face-to-face class, stay the track.”
Guided by her commitment to “ʻaʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi,” a Hawaiian phrase meaning “one learns from many sources,” which also happens to be a part of UH Hilo’s mission statement, Prof. Ramos carries on a tradition of community-engaged teaching in her online classes this semester
In transitioning her health courses to online platforms, Misty Pacheco made the decision to incorporate the pandemic into her teaching. “My students got a lot more out of the public health and health promotion course because we were living through what we were learning.”
The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will hold a virtual fall 2020 commencement ceremony due to ongoing health concerns with COVID-19.
“I treat the students like family and each time they make progress, I feel like a proud parent,” says biologist Li Tao about the transition to online teaching.
Michelle Shuey wants to be sure her students don’t feel depressed from all the things that are happening in the world these days. The environmental geographer wants them to stay focused on their studies and feel empowered about what they can do to improve the quality of the environment.
Annie Bunker is a member of the dance faculty at UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College. Faced with adapting her personal and professional life to a pandemic, she juggles teaching, performing, family life, and farming with the extraordinary grace and skill of one who has mastered complex movement.
Marianne Takamiya’s expansive style of teaching has allowed her to keep communication channels open with students in order to continue delivering stellar astronomy instruction despite restrictive covid guidelines.