Irregardless of the Pandemic

While the New York Times reports on faculty who are reluctant to go back to the classroom for health reasons and Inside Higher Ed adds the decision-making process to the mix, the more interesting objections come from a pedagogical perspective.  Kevin Gannon writes about our prejudice for face-to-face instruction. ‚ÄúStudents do not learn simply because they are physically present in the same space as […]

Models Good and Bad

With regard to planning for the fall, researchers at Georgia Tech concluded that to maintain proper distancing, most classrooms cannot be 40-50 percent full, but more like 15-30 percent full, which questions the plans for many institutions looking to simply have a blended mix of online and on-ground class meetings.  More optimistically, professors at Swarthmore College and […]

Black is the New Black

CoronavirusClemson University, which is in the first phase of a reopening, announced on Friday 25 new cases of coronavirus, for a total of 28, mostly student-athletes and some staff. It’s the largest outbreak since the country has moved to reopen. This came on the same day that South Carolina reached its highest one-day total for new cases. […]