Author Archives: Gary R Schirr

The dark side of remote work – do they really need YOU?

Last week on this blog I posted a video of a panel discussion on remote working. As a part of the panel, I conducted a survey of attendees and LinkedIn followers that showed favorable experience with remote work during the … Continue reading

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A Panel on Remote Work

I was delighted to be a member of a live panel discussion (via Zoom) to discuss remote work in an event organized and hosted by the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. There was some optimism in the group that continued … Continue reading

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Empathy during pandemic: Masking your feelings?

In my previous post, Online versus in-class instruction is not really our choice for Fall, I made the argument that the face-to-face regime for college classes derived from CDC guidelines is far from the traditional in-class instruction that we are … Continue reading

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Online instruction versus the Pandemic version face-to-face: a follow-up

At the urging of my daughter who has been active on Medium for some time, I posted my follow up to my previous post on that platform instead of here at WordPress. If you are interested in seeing the Medium article … Continue reading

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Online versus in-class instruction is not really our choice for Fall

I am starting my fourteenth year as a professor at a residential university in a bucolic rural setting. I enjoy relatively small classes and the resulting opportunity to really get to know many of my students. Our discussions are more … Continue reading

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What are the lessons from your organization’s crash course in working remote?

Many of us – in business, government, education, and non-profit organizations – have gotten a crash course in working remotely the past few months. Remote work comes in a variety of styles: Fully or mostly remote workers – “virtual company” … Continue reading

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#HIP – Was it High Impact for you too?

“High impact practices” (“HIP”) is a buzz word in higher education. Such practices are alleged to produce motivated students and loyal alumni of the university. Activities that have a high impact on students include: Varsity and intermural sports, Studying and … Continue reading

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Five things to do in Quarantine

Can something good come out of a pandemic? I have encouraged (some might say coerced) 51 students in my social media marketing class to become new bloggers. I will likely do a future post showing off some of the student … Continue reading

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Zooming – A progress report on the move online!

So far so good! The students seem to like having a weekly class session. (See left) Group sessions with the instructor seem to actually go better online than they do in class. I think we can concentrate better without the … Continue reading

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Using your Social Media Community to innovate

Was Mark Schaefer’s wonderful SocialSlam really eight years ago? I still use my talk about using your social media community to crowdsource innovation in my social media marketing class.  

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