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Colleges Are Still In Uncharted Territory

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We've had the summer to prepare, but there are just no easy answers for teaching during a global pandemic.

How COVID-19 Changed The U.S. College Experience
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In a few weeks, I begin my semester as a teaching assistant in an undergraduate sociology class. I am not sure what to expect.

Last March, when our school sent the students home, everything happened suddenly.

We weren't sure what time zones our students would be in. We didn't know if each student had a computer or an internet connection at home. We didn't know if they would get sick with COVID, or have loved ones who got sick. We didn't know if they were going home to abusive families, or if financial losses would leave their families without enough to get by.

Once our class went online, we saw new challenges. Compared to seeing our students in person several times a week, now communication was limited to material we posted online or emails we sent. Did students even read it? Did they have questions?

I tried to imagine what it was like in my students' shoes.

For every email I sent, how many other emails were they getting? How did they handle time management now that they no longer had to attend classes at set times? As we approach the coming semester, our situation is different once again.

This time, I can at least assume that students signing up to learn online at the same time each week have the technology and the availability to do so.

We attempted to ask for as little as possible from the students while still teaching the curriculum. What should we do this semester? My point is not that I have the answers, but that nobody does.

Students who begin the semester healthy may not remain so. Even campuses that begin the semester open may not remain so for long. Already, the University of North Carolina and Notre Dame have had to shut down almost immediately after opening in person due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

I've familiarized myself with online tools and pedagogy, and I am ready and excited to do my job, but I'm also preparing to be adaptive to the needs of my students as we start the semester.

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Jill Richardson is pursuing a PhD in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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