Remote Learning: Traveling to Rome Without Leaving our Childhood Bedrooms
By Mikayla Stoodley '20
COVID-19 has presented many challenges and the idea of completing the school year via our computers was a reality that many of us viewed from a place of fear and bitter indignation. Despite the unprecedented reality of remote learning, our Classical Civilizations class was soon presented with the incredible opportunity to explore a whole new environment through the digital education platform FutureLearn.
As a group, we explored a world brought to life by none other than Mathew Nicholls, a Professor of Classics at the University of Reading and Senior Tutor at St John’s College, University of Oxford. He is a specialist in the Roman empire and the history of the city of Rome.
Professor Nicholls invited our class to explore his course and discover the innovation, beauty, and ingenuity of Rome, introducing us to the opportunity to gain a deep intuitive understanding of a place that truly shaped the development and success of modern civilization. As we dove deep into the course we soon felt less and less restricted by the limitations remote learning had once burdened us with.
Professor Nicholls’ Rome Course encouraged communication, deep exploration and most importantly, it offered the opportunity for questioning and reflecting to fully understand that which we were studying. Who’s to say the Romans themselves didn’t face obstacles. We can learn from both their mistakes and grand successes, observing their dedication to honouring unity, success, ingenuity, and creativity in order to overcome the hardships with which we have been faced as a civilization.