When Students Are Absent from Online Class, Professor Peña-Guzman Reaches Out to Help

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Professor Peña-Guzman in front of bookcase

In EdSurge story, Humanities and Liberal Studies assistant professor discusses helping students struggling with schoolwork during pandemic.

By Jeffrey R. Young

They might be on your roster, but they’re ghosting you. So what’s an online professor to do when students just aren’t participating?

That’s the question that San Francisco State University professor David Pena Guzman is facing during the pandemic, when, as at so many colleges, his teaching has shifted online.

“I sent out targeted individual emails [saying] Hi Nancy. Hi Peter. Hi Eduardo. I am noticing that you haven’t posted and you haven’t uploaded any assignments. I just want to reach out personally to you to make sure that nothing is wrong. And if there’s anything I can do.”

Read the entire story on the EdSurge website.