Ideas for Remote Learning
We will continue to highlight opportunities for support and resources here. Please check in regularly for updates. Thank you!
- Expand your skills via online training, such as resources for managing remote workers and leadership programs offered by the Office of Organizational Effectiveness as well as virtual offerings from the Office of Inclusion and Diversity. Our trainees are creating and organizing workshops to support one another, such as this tutorial on imaging. A number of applications for funding opportunities are being extended, such as the NEMO prize through Penn Health Tech. New funding opportunities related to COVID-19 are also being frequently updated.
- Sharpen your scientific acumen through options such as coding via Datacamp; learn a new skill, such as playing a musical instrument, and find a virtual instructor using Thumbtack. The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy has brought together several resources for educators and learners alike including remote teaching best practices, a teaching resources overview, and free video content in clinical and research ethics.
- Volunteer your time online: During this time, volunteering can be a great way to talk about the science and research you've been involved with, connect with new audiences, grow your professional skills, and add to your CV. A member of the BGS community shared this program – Skype a Scientist – which matches scientists with classrooms around the world, PennMedicineTogether offers volunteer-based Homeschool and Tutoring Opportunities, and ISSCR is looking for scientists to write blog posts for the science-interested public.
- Make time for your personal wellness: during this challenging time, it is especially important to prioritize self-care and reduce anxiety-driven behaviors. Recently launched PennMedicineTogether offers curated content, interactive discussions, facilitated groups and other support to help promote employee wellness. See also the recent PennToday article on five tips to stay positive and healthy during social isolation.
- Practice “distant socializing,” a new concept of staying connected while being apart.
- Stay connected, not only with your lab or your class, but also with your family, both near and far. Take good care of yourself and each other.