A scenic design class requires hands on assistance with concepts, floor plans, measurements and the overall execution of assignments. My class is different. The professor comes to the classroom only a few times in the semester and the rest is done over Skype. Scholars in my class are often distracted, confused, bored and don’t take it seriously because out professor isn’t present with us.
Last class was a “work day” to get as much of the floor plan and height plot as possible done. This class consists of seven people, and when one gets distracted, we all do. Erik Neuvel was the only one who managed to stay on task. Izzy Struss and Michael Collett played “nipple-saurus rex” for a solid twenty minutes of the class. Sara Kazmier stays quiet and waits patiently for the three-sided ruler to come back to her. Jaclyn Drummond often exchanged annoyed looks with others in the class. She wasn’t annoyed with her fellow scholars and our shenanigans. Drummond seemed to be more frustrated with the repetitiveness of the class. Professor Lori Worthman would explain herself over and over again for Collett who had been absent the previous class period. Worthman, because she is on Skype, doesn’t get the virtue of having one on one time with a confused or behind student. She must address the whole class which takes away from our work time and how much we actually learn in a class period. When there are technical difficulties, videos on set design and perspective will be linked to us. These are also hard to pay attention to, but are easier to follow. She has to show us what she is doing over a blurry camera and it’s often hard to see and follow. Irritation and distraction are common.
I find myself irritated with this class a lot and I have no motivation for it. Having a professor talk at you for two hours over Skype isn’t the most productive thing. I recognize the bias and try not to let it distract me from what I’m learning in the class and the kind of professor Worthman is. She’s a good professor and she knows what she’s doing. It’s extraordinarily difficult to focus or function like we usually would if she were in the room with us. I prefer it when she is in the room with us. Asking questions, focusing and actually getting something accomplished becomes much easier and distractions get minimized.