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Laker Life: How online classes are affecting students, professors

All WSU classes moved online | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

Laker Life: How online classes are affecting students, professors

As the first week of remote learning wraps up at the Lake Campus, professors and students have shared their thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 and how to move forward during this time. 

“All students have been receiving great information from the campus. Students need to connect with their instructors. If students have questions, they need to ask it – don’t be afraid to ask it. Things won’t go off without a hitch,” said Dr. Giovanna Follo, associate professor of Sociology.

Students and staff are encouraged to take care of themselves during this time.

Have a routine, take a shower and get out of your pajamas.

Mental health needs to be a priority as well. Students are encouraged to connect with their instructors if there are any questions about their courses. 

“We are nine weeks through the semester and are going to do our best to plow through the rest of the semester remotely. We are proud of the way that our faculty and staff have risen to the challenge of this pandemic and grateful for the calm and patience of our students,” said Dean Dr. Dan Krane.

“Wright State and the Lake Campus are not just places where students, faculty and staff come to learn or to work — we are communities where students live, study, play and grow together and where faculty and staff support them and each other,” Krane said. 

Some students at the Lake Campus are also high schoolers that must balance schoolwork with college work.

Programs like College Credit Plus allow them to earn college credits while still completing their primary education.

“[It’s difficult] to find the time to complete higher level studies online and my overwhelming work of high school. Trying to find a balance of time and a sense of normalcy in this uncharted territory is very difficult. It’s always been hard to be a full-time college student and high schooler. Recently things are just more challenging,” said Remi Fokine, a junior at Parkway High School taking college classes at Lake Campus. 

Students aren’t the only people under stress.

“I normally spend months putting together an online class and I’ve just done four in four days,” said Dr. Christine Junker, associate professor of English.

“Faculty who have never taught online are suddenly teaching all online,” Junker said. “And we’re all making different decisions based on the classes that we teach and how we think things will work best. There are bound to be glitches and problems, and the only thing we can do is work through them together and be generous and give each other the benefit of the doubt.”

According to Krane, the Lake Campus will fully transition to remote operations for faculty and staff beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23 and remaining in effect until further notice.

Only personnel that are deemed essential will be permitted on the Lake Campus.

There will also be measures taken such as Wright State-Lake Campus Police monitoring and securing the campus.

Individuals on campus who have not been identified as being essential will be asked to leave immediately or to get permission to remain on campus from the dean’s office.

Most campus buildings will be locked at all times and essential personnel will only be allowed to access campus facilities between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. without specific permission from the dean.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness spread between people in close contact with each other or through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. To protect yourself and those around you, cover coughs and sneezes and avoid contact with the eyes, nose and mouth. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)

Roxanne Roessner

Wright Life and Laker Life Editor