COVID Learning Options for the Fall: Just a Few, Simple, Possible Scenarios

I happened to run across this through a former colleague from my Alma Mater in Minnesota and decided to share this for this affects not only education in the US, but in other countries as well. This looks at the different scenarios that schools and institutions of higher education may be facing should we have another CoVid 19 wave and ways both the student and the teacher can plan accordingly. While some have predicted that the virus will go away, others, including yours truly, believe that the fight is not over yet and the virus will remain until a vaccine is made available for everyone.

Andrew M. Ledbetter

After reading and hearing about possibilities for the fall semester, both in the higher ed and K-12 worlds, I think I finally have a grasp on the scenarios I and my students might face in the coming months. As I understand it, in order to be competent and caring instructors, all we need to do is develop syllabi for each of the following possible futures:

  1. Everyone is back on campus, likely wearing masks, but otherwise things are “back to normal,” with face-to-face classes.
  2. Similar to #1, but there is still a cap on large gatherings, so big courses may need special adjustments.
  3. Health guidance doesn’t allow students to return to campus, so everything is online again, as it was in Spring 2020.
  4. All classes are broadcast online, so that some students are in class on campus, but other students can watch online if they choose not to come to campus.

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