Dr. Jean Mandernach has dug deep into the methods of online learning for nearly two decades. Now her expertise is in demand across the country as teachers at all levels seek out her advice on how to teach remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. She says while it can be boiled down into some basic principles during an emergency, this crisis may have a positive impact on the future of teaching that could make it more interactive and engaging.
Titi Aynaw is a former Miss Israel whose beauty is immediately evident. But GCU students learned that she is a lot more than meets the eye. She is a former leader of the army in Israel, and she also had her challenges to overcome, losing both parents as a child. "Nobody’s life is perfect," she said. "The most important thing is to stay positive.”
GCU graduate Spencer Fehrenbacher is trapped inside the Diamond Princess, fearing a knock on the door but unable to leave his room because of a quarantine on the cruise ship where the coronavirus has spread. He shares his terrifying tale and how his faith, nurtured at GCU, is helping him. “Sitting there, every time I have to clear my throat, every time I have a tickle in my throat or feel like I have to cough the slightest, it is the ultimate fear."
You could hear a pin drop Tuesday afternoon in the GCU classroom where students heard the riveting tale of Oskar Knoblauch's survival in the Poland ghettos during the Nazi terror. He ate snow and avoided death daily, only to be helped by people risking their lives to do so, a lesson of inspiration that was just as powerful.
There was a time, not that long ago, when Spiritual Life leaders weren't sure if enough students would attend two worship services, Chapel and The Gathering. But worship on campus has grown so much, last fall The Gathering had to be expanded to two services on Tuesday nights just to accommodate all the people who wanted to attend. Reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine.