China continues to be very paranoid about COVID. So, when two positive cases were discovered in Kunming (pop: 7 million) last week, the local government started mass testing here and my university decided to begin the Summer term online.
The software we use for this is ideal if your lesson is basically a one-way lecture (favoured by most Chinese teachers), but fairly useless if you are supposed to be teaching Speaking or Debate (ie me!). There are no real-time, face-to-face options in the program and the only feedback from students is anonymous comments which roll across the screen! The "cloud" above shows the most common comments in my class yesterday. At least there's some laughter in there. We are told that after two weeks we should be able to return to the classrooms. Here's hoping...
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