By Patty Wilber
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I spend most of this week, morning, noon and late, late nights, parked in front of my computer working (remotely–the college shut down due to COVID-19) figuring out creative ways to keep our Microbiology Lab course running while maintaining the integrity of the course. We created a very good online midterm exam and have figured out how to do our unknown project in a virtual way without sacrificing the logic and creative thinking the students need to employ. Getting all the parts pulled together took, and still will take, a good many more hours, but the framework and teamwork are there!
My other two classes that need to be converted are not as tricky–I already have an online version for one, and the other is just a matter of reframing existing lecture material and borrowing prepared materials from my generous co-workers–still time consuming, but straight forward.
I got those horses ridden, too. It is pretty nice to be able to ride out and still be “safe at home”.
Thursday was a windy, snow spitting day, and not very inviting for outdoor activity. Still, after eight hours in a chair in front of a screen, I was getting pretty desperate to breathe fresh air, so I bundled up, and as I went out the door, I kid you not, the wind quit. What a gift!
I took a long trail ride on Lucy and good trail ride on Birdie, too.
We have 35 COVID cases in NM, so either today (Friday) or tomorrow, I am driving to Clovis (where there are none) to pick up H, before travel is further restricted. He was slated to come home now, anyway, as well, because originally we had a show the first weekend in April. Which is cancelled, of course.
It will be pretty easy to maintain social distancing–staying in my camper, not a hotel, bringing all my own food, and using the outdoor pumps for fuel.
I am looking forward to showing, and trail work later this year when the viral infections wane.
Stay safe everyone, and wash those hands.