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Professor Finally Stops Asking ‘Can You See My Screen?’

Editor’s note: This story is part of Onward State’s April Fools series. It is satirical, meant for entertainment, and not to be taken literally. Any quotes were made up for the purpose of this post.

Adapting to virtual learning has been hard for Penn State students, professors, and administrators alike, but neat tools like screen sharing and breakout rooms have served as silver linings.

While many folks have made changes to their lives to adapt to the pandemic, one thing hasn’t changed: professors asking students if they can see a shared screen.

Until now, that is.

Onward State can confirm that one Penn State professor brought the world to a grinding halt Thursday when he stopped asking, “Can you see my screen?” More than a year into the pandemic, he’s finally had enough.

“I’m sick and tired of this goddamn Zoom shit, I swear to you,” Penn State’s Dr. Oxlong said. “I truly do not care if you can see my screen or not at this point. For now on, I’m gonna just press the button, and if it works, it works.”

Oxlong’s comments come as thousands of people across the country are realizing that it’s pretty obvious when a screen is being shared on Zoom. Some have even recognized that the Zoom application immediately goes full screen upon screen sharing, even if you have a different program or tab open.

The professor from Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development also said that he’s “done with telling students the screen is going to be shared.” Every Zoom user knows “Can you see my screen?” is the natural follow-up to “I’m going to share my screen.”

While this change is being made by some professors, many students are lagging behind, as they don’t have the same amount of Zoom experience. Penn State students giving virtual presentations are mostly still sticking to the same “Can you see my screen?” routine.

“There’s something wrong with me. I truly cannot stop saying it no matter how hard I try,” sophomore Cameron Frye said. “If I share my screen and don’t ask my classmates if they can see it, I simply can’t give my presentation. One time, I resisted saying it and had to stop my PowerPoint halfway through to blurt it out.”

Frye said that while Zoom has created many mental challenges like this, it’s also presented some incredible opportunities. Thanks to asynchronous classes, he’s been able to take days off and travel to places like Chicago.

“Being able to travel is one big advantage of asynchronous classes,” Frye said. “Since they’re pre-recorded, I’m also freed from the seemingly inescapable mental prison of hearing people talk about sharing their screens.”

While many students like to critique professors’ teaching methods amid the pandemic, you have to give Oxlong credit here. He’s done the impossible.

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Ryan Parsons

Ryan is a redshirt senior majoring in business and journalism from "Philadelphia" and mostly writes about football nowadays. You can follow him on Twitter @rjparsons9 or say hi via email at [email protected].

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