The challenges of work-family balance while being asked to move to remote instruction and engage students creatively have affected us all globally on multiple levels - from our professional identity, to our own health, mortality and purpose in life. The idea behind Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is that as Rosenberg (2015/1999) put it, it is a language that celebrates life. Applying these practices in a community building initiative of the Media Education Lab during the COVID-19 pandemic supported our community not only for their professional needs, but also and most importantly in their social and emotional resiliency to keep positive their family and work. This short article of voices from the field describe this secret sauce using the four elements of NVC (observation, sharing feeling, naming needs and requesting a feasible action) during the 2020 Virtual Viral Hangout (VVH) daily online meetings.
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Friesem, Y., & Friesem, E. (2021). The secret sauce of online community of practice during COVID-19 pandemic: Nonviolent Communication. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 13(3), 133-136. https://doi.org/10.23860/JMLE-2021-13-3-11
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