Safety priority with new block schedule, hybrid learning

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July 24, 2020

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COVID-19 has been a little like baseball’s most elusive pitch, the knuckleball.

甚至没有投手知道,如果一个旋转球时或上下移动,向左或向右或直降板的中心。同样,当圣本笃和圣约翰大学文学院开始计划在2020-21学年与正在进行的流行仍然在影响一天到一天的生活,有一些因素需要考虑。

但报告对这一计划的一个要素没有变:把学生,教师和工作人员回到校园安全和重建社区将CSB和十大网赌网站是众所周知的,据来自这两个机构代表组成的情景规划委员会的成员。

To help safeguard the community, CSB and 十大网赌网站 announced June 8 that they will institute a block schedule with hybrid learning for the 2020-21 academic year.

“我们在解决秋季(时间表)的优先级是确定了一项计划,将允许社会重返校园以尽可能最安全的方式,说:”倒钩可以在CSB和十大网赌网站学术泰斗和规划委员会成员主持由CSB / 十大网赌网站教务长理查德冰。

“我们还在开会讨论,因为我们的秋季做准备,并会继续满足进入学年允许机构为我们学习什么covid-19在做什么,如何健康的明尼苏达部门(MDH)的指导方针变化适应等方面的需求,”可以加入。

Block schedule to meet safety demands

在块时间表,每个学期被分成四个星期的块。每块期间,学生将参加一个四信贷类三小时内每周四天(单,双学分课程将在星期三被提供)。学校将每个块中大多是教一门课程。

There will be some exceptions. Students may have a one- or two-credit class or take a lab in addition to the four-credit course, and some faculty will be teaching a lab during this same time.

This structure supports the safety components that COVID-19 demands. Students and faculty will move across each campus less frequently, which creates safer situations in dining areas and busing by reducing the number of trips people will make on The Link.

Two CSB/十大网赌网站 faculty members who know the ins and outs of the block schedule are history Professor Gregory Schroeder and political science Professor Claire Haeg.

两者是情景规划委员会的成员和四名成员组成的教学计划组(PAM熏肉和可)负责起草的提案与混合学习块计划。 (学术预约组是一个子组的大计划委员会)。

Schroeder said that faculty will “have to rethink our courses fundamentally” with the new schedule.

“教师普遍反应是询问信息以在秋天成功做好准备:类每块有多少时间?当将提供2学分课程?我们将如何教capstones?我什么时候可以用新的课堂技术实践?教师都渴望重新设计他们的课程,并在师资队伍建设研讨会的空间已经快满了,”施罗德说。

“这将是教学的一种不同的方式,对我来说真的通过我如何覆盖在激烈和集中的方式相同的学习目标涉及到思维,说:” HAEG,在CSB和十大网赌网站政治学教授,谁也担任了情景规划委员会。 “我们知道它最适合的项目和较差的调查排序,当然。”

Both the CSB and the 十大网赌网站 Student Senates had a Zoom session to further discuss the plan with May and the Academic Schedule team.

“我认为,该块表给CS​​B / 十大网赌网站一个有趣的机会,继续我们在人的教育,”约瑟夫schwamm,上升资深谁是十大网赌网站参议院新任主席说。 “它让我们重新回到校园,而尽管持续流行的也最大限度地提高我们的安全的机会。

“Of course our schedules may look a bit different, but we get to be back on campus and interact face-to-face in a classroom setting. That’s a win to me,” said Schwamm, an economics major.

In addition to having classes on-campus, incoming CSB Senate President Sade Larson pointed out three other benefits of the block schedule.

“它允许更好地专注于每次一个主题和类;它消除了决赛周;如果我们需要背网上去,它消除了把重点放在了太多科目的压力,”拉尔森说,在心理学上升高级主修从圣。约瑟夫,明尼苏达州。

“块时间表是最灵活和最安全的方法,我们可以找出解决covid-19的不确定性,”可以说。 “不仅是学生和教师在校园内不经常运动,这也意味着教室是由课程少使用,因此较少的学生和教师在教室里这些。它也会给我们更多的时间来消毒教室。

“最重要的是,该块时间表将保持您期望在CSB / 十大网赌网站教育经验,”可以说。 “研究表明,这种密集的学习模式,在满足学生的学习成果相比,传统的学期模型没有显著差异。同时它会感到不同的,我们将继续保持出色的CSB / 十大网赌网站教育我们的学生应该“。

Hybrid learning allows flexibility in teaching, learning

混合学习可以让教师和学生的灵活性,上课几乎,和别人一样亲自上课。它包括由两所学校购买新技术,允许在教室创新和最大的灵活性,健康和安全准则的变化。

“新课堂技术将包括摄像头和麦克风,让学生参与,同时几乎都在课堂上,”施罗德说。 “我们预计到实践社会疏远 - 更少的人出现在同一时间 - 这样的新技术将允许我们通过在必要时从一天到一天旋转组开班授课。该技术使我们在困难的情况下保持学术重点和社会的最佳机会。 

“The technology looks really interesting and will be another thing to get used to, but it will be great because it means I can be in the classroom with students, and that’s the most important thing for me,” Haeg said.

“I will have all the technology I need to explain difficult concepts to students who are in the classroom that day and the group who are attending class online, and to have great small and large group discussions so we all get to know each other,” Haeg added.

“Even without COVID-19, we expect this technology and the combination of in-class and virtual participation to be the future of higher education,” Schroeder said.

“这是我们正在创建的灵活性,因为我们调整covid-19的不确定性和学习需求在未来再创调整。例如,这将允许学生谁可能是在检疫或谁是无法去学校,因为他们不能离开自己的家几乎参与,”可以说。

Administration officials are confident the changes made will create a learning environment that not only sustains but enhances the interactive and in-person academic experiences with safety and flexibility that CSB and 十大网赌网站 are known for.