fbpx

Blog Page

Uncategorized

Students anticipate in-person instruction – Daily Trojan Online

For Dan Lee, a freshman majoring in real estate development, the extension of online instruction came with an unexpected perk: the opportunity to extend his travel plans beyond winter break, allowing him to travel to about 15 countries, all while simultaneously taking his classes. 
Following over a year of virtual classes starting March 2020, an in-person start in the fall inspired hope that remote instruction had become a thing of the past. After delaying the in-person start to the spring semester amid surging coronavirus cases, the University plans to resume in-person instruction next Monday, Jan. 24. 
Some students, such as Lee, were given the chance to make the most of the delayed return and online classes’ “flexibility.” Lee, although glad to have benefited from online instruction’s allowance for travel, said he has also felt the disadvantages that come with remote learning, such as a lack of “self-discipline” to attend class synchronously. 
“Berlin is nine hours ahead. So, if you have afternoon class for example … it’ll be 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. in Europe, so that’s very challenging,” Lee said. “I felt I was being limited and being held back because I don’t really get to participate in the discussions.”
Luana Baseio Ghandour, a freshman majoring in business administration, returned to campus on Saturday, Jan. 8 and found the extended remote learning environment advantageous, as she was able to put a face to everyone she saw in class, allowing her to become more acquainted with her peers and professors without masks. 
“I am excited [about returning],” Baseio Ghandour said. “I want to have more human interactions and I like being face to face with the professor which makes me focus more, makes me more comfortable to ask questions and talk to my friends around me. So I think it’ll be a better learning environment.” 
Although the remote start gave students such as Lee and Baseio Ghandour flexibility in their classes, Jake Hosking, a freshman majoring in computer engineering and computer science, showed concern that certain lab classes lack the hands-on experience that can’t be replicated in a virtual setting. 
“I’m taking … an intro to electrical engineering and for our labs, we’re physically wiring stuff together on breadboards, having the Arduinos, different sensors and lights,” Hosking said. “It’s really hard to do that over a computer screen because it’s very finicky in the certain ports that you have to plug into so if that had to suddenly shift to online, it’d be astronomically more difficult.”
In his general education seminar, Hosking said his professor looked to delay instruction until in-person classes resume. 
“[The professor] pretty much self-admittedly said, ‘Yeah, we’re just going to do introductions and some preliminary stuff, and then once we get back to in-person, we’ll actually start the class,’” Hosking said. “I’m getting similar vibes from a lot of my other classes.”
Though she understands the need for online instruction during a time when coronavirus cases are surging, Andrea Valeria Diaz Tolivia said she has struggled with her emotional health since classes started. Diaz Tolivia, a junior majoring in journalism, said she noticed a common sentiment among her friends that “it just feels like a limbo right now.”
“I feel like it’s just been a fever dream … Everybody just feels like it’s not like a real start,” Diaz Tolivia said. “I guess the words I can use [to describe my current state] are discouraged, tired and just not motivated.” 
After over a year of the routine of online classes and long hours at the computer, Diaz Tolivia said it felt “great” to come back to campus in Fall 2021, physically meet her friends and participate in in-person activities. With a virtual start to the spring semester, she said she feels like she has reverted to her remote routine, which has been difficult to accept. 
“We had that semester that served us hope, and now going back to this is just kind of devastating because we were out of it,” Diaz Tolivia said. “[The remote start] is something that is necessary, but, sadly, it just feels like a cage.”
Diaz Tolivia said she is looking forward to the in-person return this Monday, which she hopes will give her a “daily purpose” and “structure” in her life.
A former professor claims the hospital left resident surgeons unsupervised.
The program recognized two faculty members for achievements in social work.
Remote instruction offered some students flexibility, while others felt caged.
The collaborative extended its outreach to high school students this past summer.
This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.
We may request cookies to be set on your device. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website.
Click on the different category headings to find out more. You can also change some of your preferences. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer.
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features.
Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site.
We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain.
We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. You can check these in your browser security settings.
These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience.
If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here:
We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Changes will take effect once you reload the page.
Google Webfont Settings:
Google Map Settings:
Google reCaptcha Settings:
Vimeo and Youtube video embeds:
The following cookies are also needed – You can choose if you want to allow them:

source

× How can I help you?