MTU Huskies Zoom in to Help Community Connect
Digital communication matters — maybe now more than ever. That’s why the Michigan Tech tutors who teach folks how to clear technological obstacles are getting back to BASIC Saturdays.
BASIC, the Building Adult Skills in Computing program, is offering online sessions from 10-11 a.m. every Saturday from this Saturday (April 4) through April 25.
The program, now in its 10th year, welcomes technological newcomers as well as anyone looking to expand their digital skills. The difference for the remainder of spring semester: both tutors and learners will be online, using Zoom.
BASIC co-leader Chuck Wallace (CS) said he initially worried that not meeting in person would be an obstacle. “I had this barrier in my head — what if people can’t get online to get in touch with us?” However, he changed his mind with encouragement from co-leader Kelly Steelman (CLS). “We can still do a lot using video conferencing,” Wallace said. “We can even share screens and see what is happening as we help people. And learning how to use Zoom is a useful skill in itself — you can use it to stay in touch with friends and family.”
Computer science graduate student Ann Ciesla said tutors benefit from the program, too. “I really enjoy meeting with people who come in for help on Saturdays. We always have good conversation, not just about technology, but also about Houghton, Michigan Tech, the weather, or whatever else is going on at the time,” she said. “I was sad to think about the people I met with before spring break who were so excited to come back and learn more and how we would have to put their learning on pause until next fall. Moving the program online offers people the chance to continue (or start) their learning, which is really exciting.”
Huskies are asking the Michigan Tech community to spread the word to people who want to learn how to connect to friends and family. All it takes is a phone call to get started. Get the details in the story on Michigan Tech News.