by Sandy Gambill, Sr. Instructional Developer, Reinert Center
We’ve put a lot of time this summer into thinking about virtual students. What about students in the face to face (mask to mask?) classroom. Here are some recent articles and studies that might be helpful as you think about the physical classroom.
When combining students in the classroom with students Zooming in remotely, you need to look out for the problem of having one group of students watching another group of students taking a class. In this blog post Derek Bruff, from the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt, offers some possible solutions and strategies for active learning in a room where students can’t work in a traditional small group because of social distancing and mask requirements. [link]
There have been a handful of simulations of the socially distant classroom floating around this summer. This one from Sienna College describes the simulations they went through and some lessons learned that will most likely be useful to everyone.. [link]
SLU is not alone in having a face mask policy for the return to campus. [link]. The National Deaf Center has released this advice for working with the communication barrier face masks present to all students in the classroom. [link] If you’re wondering about the efficacy of different types of masks, you’ll want to read this newly published research in Science Advances, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
On July 29, 2020, the Reinert Center hosted a webinar entitled Teaching Synchronous Courses for Online and In Class Students. The recording is available online. [link]