Siena College did a test run of socially distanced fall learning options for us

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Siena College did a test run of 3 socially distanced fall learning options for us, including a face-to-face collaborative classroom, a lecture course, and an outdoor seated collaborative class – all of which seated students 6 feet apart with some students attending via ZOOM as well.

The primary learnings? Physically distanced communication is hard. 6 feet away + masked communication is really tough, and exhausting. Communication between in-class attendees and ZOOM attendees was really difficult as well. The best experience? The lecture classroom. But then…what’s the real in-person benefit?

The takeaway? I’m grateful we get to learn off Siena’s curve. But the learning is pretty disheartening about the quality of experience many students will get this fall.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.