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Instructor Stories: Using Background Music to De-Stress and Build Community Among Online Students

Jul 16, 2020, 14:01 PM

CITL Instructor Story
Submitted by Lawrence Angrave

lawrence-storyI invited students to share their music suggestions to play when working on the course assignment. I shared some example links of music that had no vocals as starting examples. It led to a lively and happy discussion. I believe it helped relieve some of the student stress around COVID-19 and feelings of isolation.

Some students shared music using Spotify and YouTube links and connected with each other.  It helped bring students together. Next time, I might include music recommendations from the course staff too!

 

 

Lawrence is a CITL Fellow, Gies RC Evans Innovation Fellow, and winner of numerous teaching awards.

For additional CITL Instructor stories, visit https://citl.illinois.edu/citl-101/teaching-learning/instructor-stories.