CULTURE CLINIC: Teaching Movement Online

A New “Normal”

In Barbados the COVID-19 virus is here. With institutions closing their physical plants, tutors were asked to move their classes online. This put us contracted arts educators at a disadvantage since, if we do not work, we would not be able to claim for time served. We teach practical courses. We were not sure how online teaching matches the rigor that face-to-face training in creative movement. Most other movement courses around the globe were suspended until the all-clear was given. How do we assess the student’s development, give a final assessment, track student’s concentration, focus, acuity under these remote conditions?

With determination, we embraced the technology head-on. Students were consulted, and I went ahead. I wanted to offer the students a sense on continuity and kept to our regular schedule, important in this turbulent and uncertain moment. We settled on Google Hangouts for the time being, (Zoom Meeting is becoming an option for my classes of 14+. (So far, someone that inevitably cannot get on to the hangout and are forced to listen/watch in via Whatsapp.) Students had to be forgiving of my 20th century mind. All of them were born in the 2000s (Generation Z).

It took a minute (or 45 minutes) for this Generation Xer to find and press the video icon to start the first class.

However, the experience has been surprising so far:

  1. The students seem more attentive and engaged. I asked why. One said that, at home, they are under a watchful eye and therefore cannot mis-behave. Indeed, in my third class, one student was joined by his mother as we did Landship manoeuvres. Another said that the group dynamic is different online, no physical presence of the others to enable, they can concentrate on the phone, tablet, or laptop that they were using.
  2. The screen became the platform for learning. They were a “captured” participant, reading the power-point presentations and videos without interruption, taking turns to be seen as well as to speak.
  3. Offering video assignments became a good way to gauge the students’ knowledge and application of skills to a given task. Showing and sending their videos seem to boost their confidence, taking pride in their creative work. Appreciation, feedback and analysis of each other was another plus. Using the video, we could replay several times and pause to show various aspects.
  4. It required me as the tutor to be even more meticulous in my use of sources to support the course outline created and to find credible online sources. It also gives me to opportunity to add my voice in support or in deference to the work. This encourages the students to develop and express their critical thinking.

All these surprises make this effort to teach dance and movement from a Caribbean perspective even more exciting. I look forward to the knowledge, experience and insight my colleagues and I will bring as are result of rising to meet this moment.

Culture Clinic is a weekly column crafted by Dr. John Hunte.

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment

Tell Us What You Think!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Some Of Our Friends

Newsletter Sign Up

Why We Do This!

november, 2020

25nov4:30 pm5:30 pmBarefoot VybezDance Class4:30 pm - 5:30 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Dance

25nov6:15 pmDanceFitTerm 36:15 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Dance

25nov7:00 pmTheatre + Convos Body S.P.A.C.E The Masterclasswith Sonia Williams7:00 pm GMT-4

25nov8:30 pmRiteside Of Redat Mojos8:30 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Reggae

25nov9:00 pmComedy Open Micfeaturing Sunrokk Biko and Jason9:00 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Theatre

26nov12:00 am11:59 pmCreative Writing Fiction with Glenville Lovell12:00 am - 11:59 pm Performing Arts:Literary Arts

27nov9:30 am12:00 pmWeb-A-Thon 2020featuring Edwin Yearwood, Joaquin, King Bubba, Marzville, Sluggy Dan, Boatman, Kareesa, Dwayne Jones, Jamal Green, Jamal Slocombe, Don Ross, Reckodrums9:30 am - 12:00 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Online Event

27nov6:30 pmAlan Sheppard LIVEat Horny Ram6:30 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Acoustic

27nov7:00 pmShades Of Art Open Miclive performance by Mylon Clarke and Hashim Durant7:00 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Music,Open Mic

27nov8:00 pmFridayz LIVEwith Biggie Irie8:00 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Music

28nov9:00 am9:45 amYoMusic Dance ClassAges 2 - 89:00 am - 9:45 am GMT-4 Performing Arts:Dance

28nov11:00 am1:00 pmHear Wuh Gine On Radio Showlive interview with Faith Callender11:00 am - 1:00 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Radio Show

28nov6:30 pm9:00 pmDe Duppy Tour6:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT-4

28nov7:00 pm10:00 pmMr Blood: Like You Never Knew7:00 pm - 10:00 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Music

28nov7:00 pmBack In Timewith Philip 77:00 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Music

29nov5:00 pm7:00 pmXion Network Variety ShowLive interview with Omar Kennedy5:00 pm - 7:00 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Online Event

29nov6:00 pmOnce Upon A Time In Bimfeaturing Varia Williams, Andrew Pilgrim, Winston Farrell, Michelle Barrow, Kenneth "Jack" Lewis, Melissa Hunte, $2 Philosopher, Janine White & D.J Simmons6:00 pm GMT-4

29nov7:00 pm11:00 pmSyndicated Sundays7:00 pm - 11:00 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Music

29nov9:00 pmLIVE Thursdaysfeaturing Joaquin and Nikita9:00 pm GMT-4 Performing Arts:Music

30nov6:00 amRhythm Partywith Reac Fitness6:00 am GMT-4 Performing Arts:Dance

30nov2:00 pmunChainedfeaturing the reEmergence Band, Riddim Tribe, Adrenaline Dancers and Dancin Africa2:00 pm GMT-4

30nov6:00 pmOnce Upon A Time In Bimfeaturing Varia Williams, Andrew Pilgrim, Winston Farrell, Michelle Barrow, Kenneth "Jack" Lewis, Melissa Hunte, $2 Philosopher, Janine White & D.J Simmons6:00 pm GMT-4

%d bloggers like this: