College classrooms will look
different this fall because of COVID-19, and Southeast Community College is
making sure faculty and staff work out all the kinks before students come back
to the classroom beginning Aug. 24.
“I’m looking forward to
returning to the classroom, but there are some concerns,” said Julie Wollberg,
a Pharmacy Technician program director. “I’m looking at ways to adapt.”
Wollberg and others took part
in a “mock classroom” on Wednesday at the College’s Lincoln Campus. Most of the
“students” were instructors experimenting with how their classrooms would look
next week and how they could best communicate with the classroom as a whole.
In the mock scenario in Rick
Kohn’s Business Law class, most of the students were in the classroom, while
others Zoomed from home. Each desk and work area was sanitized at the beginning
of class, people were distanced and everyone wore masks. Different issues came
up, such as what students could see and hear at home and how they could engage
with the students sitting in the classroom.
“I practiced on my own
yesterday, but (today) learned a lot of the mechanics of how to do this,” Kohn
said. “I learned more because I hosted than if I was sitting in a room.”
Dr. Joel Michaelis, SCC’s new
vice president for instruction, said he saw another college doing this and
thought it was a great way to prepare for the upcoming term. Some students will
be learning remotely, while others will be in person. Regardless, the College
wants to make the experience as seamless as possible.
“It speaks to our efforts to
provide as excellent of an educational experience as we can, given the
disruptions that are bound to exist due to efforts to mitigate COVID-19
spread/infection,” Michaelis said.
For more on the College’s
guidelines as it relates to COVID-19, click here: https://www.southeast.edu/covid-19/