TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES FROM GEO-AT-HOME
Princeton sent the students home at the time of the spring semester break (13 March) and soon we were all working and teaching from home. Now that classes are over, and only finals and grading remain, we can evaluate our adaptation to the changed circumstances and start to look ahead.
Both students and faculty adapted well to online teaching, with creativity and resilience. Although we all agree in person teaching is more fun and less stressful, we were able to complete our courses and keep engaged. The lab classes probably suffered the most, as they were forced to turn to mostly computational labs, working up data collected previously in class or in other classes, rather than doing actual hands on lab experiments. It was lucky – and unusual! – that we had no class field trips planned for the spring break. We are all sad, however, that the planned departmental field trip to Cyprus had to be cancelled, especially for our seniors who have missed this opportunity, as well as many others, in their last year at Princeton.