Remote Learning Hiccups Pose a Challenge
Overall, the biggest challenges I have experienced as a student during the shift to remote learning have to do the hurdles professors face in altering their lessons to be taught virtually.
One of my classes had appearances by a number of guest speakers built into the syllabus, which unfortunately had to be scrapped. The professor has come up with new coursework to fill in those gaps, but it sometimes feels like busywork, and the educational value of hearing those speakers in person has been lost. Another challenge is the loss of access to essential resources that would otherwise be available on campus. As a communication major, I am a huge advocate of the Writing Center. While the center has moved operations online for the remainder of the semester, I miss the in-person experience of collaboration.
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It is often hard to find silver linings in times like these. However, there are a few to note. Through this time of constant change, I have seen professors who have been wary of technology catch up with the times and the platforms available for online teaching and learning. No one wants to be the test case for such an abrupt and far-reaching transition, but I do believe it puts the university in a good spot long-term, as remote learning is here to stay.
Just like anything in life, virtual learning at MSU is a trial-and-error process. It will take time to work out the kinks in the system. However, I am grateful to my professors for facing this challenge head-on and expecting students to do the same. It’s times like these that remind us what “Spartans Will” truly means.