June 16, 2024

Virtual Hugs

I came across this blog post that the lovely Maha Bali wrote on her blog “Digital Affect (Emotional Presence?) and Continuity with Care during COVID-19. In her post, Maha mentions that the social distancing aspect of the current COVID19 situation ‘makes the need for digital affect (emotional presence?) so much more important’

This really resonates with the stuff I’m hoping to research. Maha also shares two recordings of some online conversations where the participants talk a lot about the concept of care particularly during COVID-19. I remember seeing tweets about both of these happening but as ever life got in the way and I didn’t get to take part in them and I still haven’t caught up with them.

So I am putting the direct links here to the video’s that Maha mentions, so that I can try to make sure that I watch them both as I bet they will be REALLY helpful ( and also because as Maha says it was a ‘much needed virtual hug’ 😌which is something I think we can all do with at the moment !)

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I spy quite a few familiar faces in these so I’m looking forward to watching 🙂

Last week I read one of the new papers (Bozkurt et al 2020) that Maha is a collaborator on along with many of my lovely friends at Go-GN Global OER Graduate Network . This is such a great article with something like 31 countries represented. It really chimes with the pedagogy of care aspect for me and provides some back up for my planned proposal in terms of emotional support and open practice aspects….. Yay !


Bali, M., 2020. Digital Affect (Emotional Presence?) And Continuity With Care During COVID-19. [online] Reflecting Allowed. Available at: <https://blog.mahabali.me/pedagogy/critical-pedagogy/digital-affect-emotional-presence-and-continuity-with-care-during-covid-19/> [Accessed 21 June 2020].

Bozkurt, A., & Sharma, R. C. (2020). Emergency remote teaching in a time of global crisis due to CoronaVirus pandemic. Asian Journal of Distance Education, 15(1), i-vi. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3778083

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