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Being a teacher in a theater arts program, it is important for me to know details about my students prior to a course. If a class I am teaching is one about theory or history, I need to know how much theory or history they have learned before.

If it is a practice-heavy class such as acting or directing, I also need to know a student’s basic psychological make-up — whether he or she is a quick learner or one that would need time before comprehending principles and processes. But with the current pandemic forcing us to shift to online learning systems, it has even become more important to understand pedagogies particularly those that pertain to multi-platform education.