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College faculty rises to the challenge of finding new ways to teach this fall

Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 1:41 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - As college students prepare for a new way of learning this fall, faculty are rising to the challenge of finding new ways to teach. The Dean of the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences at ULM said this transition could change education forever.

John Pratte said ULM is meeting the concerns of high-risk faculty and students by providing online options for certain classes. He said this transition could make way for more discussion about what classes could continue to be taught online.

“We’re trying to provide as many different options to students and to faculty to meet their level of safety. If you’re okay with meeting in person, hopefully, we can give you the classes where you can be able to do that. If you don’t, wanna go completely online, you know we’re trying to meet that,” said Pratte.

He said they’re looking into ways to improve air quality in the building to ease concerns about spreading the virus. Masks will be mandatory for everyone.

Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Louisiana Tech Bryan Zygmont said class sizes will determine how they teach.

They’ll turn to online options for bigger classes. Everyone must wear a mask and social distance themselves in class. He said this can pose challenges for teachers who typically engage with students in the classroom.

Faculty who are at-risk due to age or medical conditions are asked if they feel safe.

“I believe that from the classes that I’m scheduled to teach and the enrollment that I’m scheduled to have, and the size of the classroom that I’m scheduled to be in, that the risk to both myself and the students will be minimized,” said Zygmont.

Zygmont said he’s seen some students perform better in online settings. He said even though it’s a difficult time, the faculty at La. Tech is prepared.

We reached out to faculty at Grambling State University as well and have not heard back.

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