Last week we had an article published in Cultural Anthropology COVID-19 Editor’s Forum. Anna and Andrea wrote about the implications of the pandemic on digital learning, in particular what it means when this learning involves touching and bodies, as is the case at medical school. You can read the full article here. Below you can find some of our main suggestions.
These suggestions draw from our fieldwork as well as the classic phenomenological observation that tools of learning are enmeshed with embodied ways of knowing.
- Move the focus in learning about bodies and with bodies from fidelity of simulations to embrace the power of analogy, metaphor, and imagination.
- Experiment with creating more expansive sensory vocabularies, using multi-modalities to develop students’ storytelling and narratives about anatomy, disease, examination findings, and so forth, both in learning and assessment situations.
- Explore and encourage a range of possibilities of learning with the student’s own body, as well as those of roommates, family members, and pets, with reflection on diversity and how these observations may relate to others.