In response to the COVID-19 crisis, MIT transitioned to remote teaching on March 30. Global Languages Director, Prof. Emma Teng, shared a message to students on the first day of Virtual MIT: “We are all so excited to welcome you back to class as we launch remote instruction this week. Everyone has been working hard over the past two weeks to transition to remote teaching, and we are excited by the affordances of new technologies, but we have been missing the most important part of teaching: YOU!”

The race to launch remote instruction under challenging circumstances was a new experience for us in Global Languages, and we were pleasantly surprised after the first week of online classes that it was better than we anticipated (feared!). If you’re curious to know what this unprecedented, rapid shift was like, we share a some anecdotes and images from the remote classroom experience: