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InsideHigherEd.com: 15 Fall Scenarios

Read 15 Fall Scenarios by Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, from InsideHigherEd.com, April 22, 2020

I recently interviewed for a position and was told that no decisions were made about what the fall semester would look like – and after reading this list, I can see that there are more choices that remote learning and in-person classes.

15 scenarios for how the Fall semester could play out were showcased in the article. For brevity, I will highlight the choices I had not considered in the past. What choices are your own institutions looking into?

4. First-Year Intensive

How a student begins their college experience may be the best predictor of how their college experience will end. The ability of a student to persist through the rigors of college life is in part dependent on the quality of the support they receive in orienting to the independence and intensity of college-level work. Recognizing the importance of the first year and the first few weeks and months of the transition to college, this plan brings only first-year students to campus in the fall. First-year students learn in residential classes, while also participating in a full range of campus-based orientation and social-connecting exercises. Sophomores, juniors and seniors continue to learn remotely for the fall semester.

6. Structured Gap Year

Many colleges and universities have extensive study abroad and gap year options. While study abroad will still likely be a challenge in the fall, one approach to creating a lower-density model for the fall would be to implement a broader-scale approach to gap year experiences. Students could propose project-based experiences that could be implemented and managed while social distancing rules are still in place. This model would depend heavily on whether options for students to make the gap year a meaningful experience are available given social distancing restrictions.

14. A Modified Tutorial Model

Another approach that gives students and the university a great deal of flexibility is a modified tutorial model. In this model, students would take a common online lecture session. Faculty and or TAs would then meet with small groups of students in tutorials that would allow for social distancing to be employed.

by Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, from InsideHigherEd.com, April 22, 2020

I’m not certain we can chose a plan that will avoid any risks from Covid-19. The challenges inherent from avoiding in-person contact from those beyond the institution feel insurmountable, and people with undiagnosed high-risk factors will always be the wild card that gets discovered unexpectedly. Yet, the inequities are only highlighted further if we remain a remote learning practice.

Continue reading 15 Fall Scenarios by Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, from InsideHigherEd.com, April 22, 2020 (Page 2)

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