Prof’s Perspective – Forward Motion – Learning as We Go

So here we are entering our second week back to classes at CUNY and adapting to our “new lives.”- I cant think of anything else to call it as of right now, so Im going with this. I say this from the perspective of integration as Im very much still in the: “Im really perplexed about how we are even in the position that we are in phase” along with having made so many new and mandated compliances to keep my courses going simultaneously. (That was a long sentence, too.)

Along with following all of the administrative protocol, endless zoom meetings, course updates, the reformatting-ness of everything and the staggering amount of e-mail and overall communication.. (not including connecting with family and friends) Whew, Im finally starting to reflect on things. Reflection invites in ALL of the emotions and the feelings both positive and negative. And, it has been quite a bit of negative! We humans like routines, it helps us stay focused and structured. Uncertainty is not something we are really good at, right? OK, I produced our CT101 course Continuity plan, I hope that it helps. Does it? Please let me know in the comments section below. If you haven’t read it, please click below:

Updated CT101 – Digital Storytelling Continuity Plan here <–

I know, that post above holds a lot of information for how our class will proceed. As I mentioned, I have put a lot of thought into how this all should proceed, but I realize, “should” is not a great word to begin with.. as things change here in NYC and around the world there may be more pivots made to re-adjust and help students adjust to the circumstances. Im here to help, so please communicate with me and let me know what I can do to help you.

Can we really look at “CT101- Digital Storytelling” or any of our other courses the same way? I see it as this now:

“The-name-of-your-course/ in relationship to the global pandemic CoronaVirus.”

Our first assignment moving forward is an opportunity to express this, I place this on the calendar last Thursday. Some of the responses are coming in, and they are super on point!

*Blog Post assignment – Please write a new blog post that expresses your feelings, concerns, frustrations and related-otherness about the current state of affairs with the CoronaVirus pandemic. How has this impacted your semester thus far? How do you feel about moving forward with our class as an online entity?

I have also thought a lot about the amount of resources that people are sharing, there is just so much being shared! First and foremost some Wi-Fi:

U.S Providers Offering FREE Wi-Fi or Special Accommodations for 60 Days


And, Adobe Software for the remainder of the semester (not required but if you need or want it) –

Term-active CUNY students can now download Adobe Creative Cloud applications to their personal devices. Students can go to https://creativecloud.adobe.com and use their CUNY Login username to authenticate and select which Adobe Creative Cloud applications to install.

The student instructions on Accessing Adobe Creative Cloud are available online and will be available from the IT Resources for Remote Work & Teaching page.

And Other resources – Pixlr (is a free web based photoshop alternative) – https://pixlr.com/editor/

Please stay safe everyone!

See you all on Zoom, or via e-mail or here on CT101, or all – please keep in touch! rseslow@york.cuny.edu

Assignment #7 [Coronavirus]

I honestly don’t know how to feel about this whole corona virus pandemic. I’m the type of person that prefers to look on the brighter side of things and kind of like appreciate things as they are. But this pandemic just made everything terrible. It made everything inconvenient and dysfunctional. For me personally I hate it because I actually felt like I was actually starting to get my life together, I had even got into the NSLS (National Society of Leadership and Success) program here at York. But because of everything that has been happening I can’t really focus on that and keep up with my classes at the same time. So it looks like I’m gonna have to drop out of that so that I have enough time to just be me and so that I don’t stress myself out. I’m OK with this though because I know that isn’t the end and I don’t want to rush anything and possibly make a mistake. I wanna take my time to figure things out. I don’t wanna just do things for a grade anymore or anything like that. That’s why I switched my major from Computer Science to Theater and my minor to Communications Technology. Overall this is a really bad situation we’re in but it’s not the end.

On the bright side I have more time to catch up on all of my video games and shows that I didn’t have time for before.

Avoiding Coronavirus:

Animated GIF

If We Only Knew:


what is going on

I don’t even know where to start with what is going on. I remember hearing about it back in Jan at work. while all my co-workers told me to relax I found it very concerning how the death rate kept going up every day. no matter how much you try not to pay it any mind it is everywhere. yes, it is a little bit of a challenge to get used to what is going on. all my life I have never seen the country react how it is. my job is closed and so are classes. everyone has mask one everywhere you go. I also found out that my dad has tested positive for it. my head is all over the place. I can’t think straight. my mind is blank. there are no visitors allowed. I am immune-compromised. my dad is alone at the hospital. people are risking their lives every day to try to help. it is going to get worse before it gets better. I will edit this later I’m trying to just get my thoughts out but I find myself just looking into space not thinking of anything just blank its a very nasty hard to describe feeling. please stay safe everyone. health has no price.

Assignment # 6 Pano

For the panoramic pictures we took pictures all over the school the first picture was pretty cool because the picture describes the first day of college for me when i went in to york college. its as if i went to class met everyone i didn’t know and i wanted to beat them up for being here and letting go of my high school friends. but as i got to know them over the semester i grew fond of them and made them my friends too.

The second panoramic picture we did was the life of a college kid. This pictures shows that the students work had studying for these hard classes, midterms, and finals. but we also party inside and outside of school. trying to live the best life of both worlds.

The third and final picture we took was outside the school were we are all jut chilling enjoying the weather while we wait for our class. but sometimes we lose track of time and end up being late to class so we gotta run. or sometimes the MTA gets stuck in “Train Traffic” lol.

Assignment # 8 Coronavirus

The coronavirus has been very frustrating because it has been interfering with my business, school, and social life. This virus has caused problems for alot of people. i have been away from my family and friends from social distancing. i just hope i havent infected anyone or even worse been infected. its been a couple if days now i’m in my house and i’m bored and losing it.

Dance Dancing GIF by adambanaszek

its so weird people are stocking up on toilet papers, and purell, and masks.

also i think this is gonna effect the economy drastically especially with the stock market crashing and small and large business going out of business and even on freeze.

i think going forward with the class online isn’t as bad as other classes because we use technology compared to my other class like art. i think we can get thru this class fully online with any problems. A lot it ill be difficult because we wont have the face to face.

assignment #7 Copyright

i think the copy right law is a very complex law because it is defined as you can not use other peoples materials as of your own. but at the same time you are allowed to use other peoples materials in specific manners. this to me is very confusing people are violating the copyright everyday in the internet. places like instagram, youtube, facebook, etc… they have pictures, videos, and writings from all over the place and they are not sued with copyright.

like here is an example from the website that is extremely confusing


i think personally that copyright law is a rip off for people to make money in court. people violate the rule everyday. there is no such thing as owning something that is given out to the public for free.