Texas State faculty weigh challenges of return to face-to-face instruction

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Alondra Vasquez

Texas State faculty members were surveyed on how strongly they agree or disagree with the university's plan to return to face-to-face instruction, and an overwhelming majority of those that responded say they strongly disagree with the decision.

As Texas State prepares to welcome back students, faculty and staff members this fall for in-person classes, some instructors are wary of the return to face-to-face instruction.

On July 22, Faculty Senate released results from a series of surveys polling faculty responses to the university’s Roadmap to Return, a set of guidelines designed to update the Texas State community on COVID-19-related information and resources.

Faculty members surveyed were asked how strongly they agree or disagree with the university’s plan to return to face-to-face instruction, and an overwhelming majority (46.41%) said they strongly disagreed with it.

However, when asked to rate their level of trust in university officials to make decisions regarding budget cuts, campus safety, research, teaching and more, the majority of faculty members (30.43%) in the survey said they have some trust.

调查结果来作为大学社区正准备采取新的正常的,一个对规定的口罩和校园周边社会距离的要求。调整已具有挑战性的一些教育家,如博士。贝思·伯恩斯坦,西班牙讲师,谁相信教授外语带着面具将让学生有效地学习一门新语言的难度。

“用你的面具看不到我脸上表情,它是闷声和[表达式]所以重要的是能够阅读的人,”伯恩斯坦说。 “上的恐惧和可能赶上这个致命的病毒焦虑顶部,你将不能够理解我通过掩膜如果你刚开始学习一门语言。”

由于面对的障碍表现为学习语言覆盖,世界语言和文学部门公布7月6日的所有外语课程今秋将在网上。伯恩斯坦说,她是为改变感谢,并认为通过变焦讲课是安全互动和她的学生沟通的最佳方式。

伯恩斯坦是为数不多的教授谁将会继续网上教学,而不必担心承包covid-19中的一种。其他教授一样马修克莱门特,社会学助理教授谁教了近100名学生每一个统计课,也许不会有同样的机会。

When the curriculum moved online in the spring, Clement, who thrives off face-to-face interaction with his students, struggled to adjust to the format.

“The way that I like to teach [is] to have a more interactive style, so I can see what questions the students have in the classroom, and that became kind of harder to do moving online,” Clement said. “It wasn’t set up in a synchronous kind of teaching style.”

截至目前,克莱门特被安排教人班秋季只有50个教室一次允许学生。克莱门特指出,尽管存在是关键,统计类,他愿意调整自己的教学风格,以适应他的学生。

“I think public health is the most important thing,” Clement said. “If the public health experts say it’s okay to be in the classroom, we should be in the classroom; if they say it’s not okay to be in the classroom, then we should be online.”

In May, Texas State faculty members signed a letter 管理员说明有关返回到脸对脸指令他们的关注。博士。艾米米克斯,在心理学高级讲师,是95名教职员工谁相信他们已经在重新开放大学的决策过程中被充分代表之一。

Meeks says since she believes the administration did not utilize the ideas from the various faculty committees and meetings she was a part of, she felt the need to sign the letter to justify her concerns.

“我们给了真正的好想法,我们已经说了很多非常合乎逻辑的语句,得克萨斯州已经走出来的指令,并已使用没有我们输入的,”米克斯说。 “所以,在这一点上,我觉得像上的管理,勤奋,因为他们是在他们结束时,他们并没有真正纳入我们在说什么。”

米克斯曾任教于得克萨斯州长达17年,而像其他教授,春天是她曾经在网上教的第一次。虽然她说她更喜欢面对面的课程,像其他人一样,她认为网上教学是让她和她的学生们安全的最佳途径。

博士。盖尔dickison,课程和教学教授说,这是一个权衡,当涉及到的人课程的有效性。当dickison亲自授课,她的学生只有两个机会,与由于日程安排冲突中的儿童互动。现在课程是远程的,变焦已经让她培训班课程这方面要容易得多。

“我的暑假的学生们能够与孩子们几乎每天都[因为变焦]互动,让他们能够为[有],第一次体验,看看孩子们如何回应他们正在做模型的经验教训,”迪金森说: 。 “几个学生感谢我安排到有孩子来上课。我认为,他们认为他们的教学时间是有价值的”。

Professors like Dickinson had previous experience managing online courses, but for other professors like Dr. Brian Cooper, that was not the case.

While Cooper says it was difficult figuring out the nuances of software and ensuring his students had a number of options for accessing lecture materials, he thinks the trouble might have been worth it in the long-run.

“我强迫自己去学习交付,如果我没有被强迫,我就不会做对我自己的一种新方法,”库珀说。 “我很高兴,我有技能现在,在某些方面,我们有我们在春季学期中间做了经验,因为现在我们知道将来怎么做,如果这样的事情会不会发生再次。”

博士。杰西卡pliley,历史学教授说,虽然学校已在网上提供过渡有用的资源,以援助教师,在有限的时间准备导致产生的研究和更少的机会教员任期更短的时间大量的劳动力。

“那里只是没有足够的时间去准备一切足够快的速度,” pliley说。 “该教师被其时大部分的时间我们没有得到支付给做的劳动量。我们是在9-12个月的合同。我们的许多教师也被要求做研究,他们使用的夏季为。现在他们都没有能够完成它,这意味着他们没有获得终身教职或保护的工作机会。”

Details on the administration’s plan to safely resume campus activity is available in Texas State’s Roadmap to Return.


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