(Toledo, OH) This history class at the University of Toledo was hard at work taking a final exam today when I interrupted them with a quick bit of flash photography.
For most students our final exam was their last activity before the semester ended, and for a few students, the last step before graduation and what they hope will be an exciting career in their respective fields.
For me the end of a class is always a bittersweet moment, whether as a student or as an instructor. Each class develops its own personality over the months, and the particular events over the course of a given semester will never again be repeated.
Simultaneously, there is always a sense of relief when a long semester ends.
This particular semester was somewhat less satisfying to me, as the large class of 200 met for lectures two days a week, and broke up into 15 online discussion groups for the third portion of the class. I consequently got to know fewer of the students by name, and only learned a few things about them in the online rooms.
I much prefer traditional face-to-face instruction, although the trend is toward more distance learning and Web-assisted courses.
Thank you, though, History-1200 students for an enjoyable semester. I learned as much from you as I hope that you did from me.