A Look at College Courses at San Antonio Area Universities During the Pandemic

SAN ANTONIO – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this school year is different from others and not just for young children. This forces many colleges and universities to adapt to unorthodox teaching methods.

At Trinity University San Antonio, 49% of classes are fully online, 46% are hybrid, and 5% of all classes are face-to-face only. Face-to-face classes are usually reserved for labs and art-based classes.

“For the health and safety of students and faculty, classroom occupancy is limited and physical distancing is observed at all times – some outdoor learning spaces have also been identified and blankets faces, with very limited exceptions, are required in classrooms,” the university said in a press release.

Trinity noted that 1,000 students live on campus and about 2,600 students are enrolled this semester. Trinity officials have also created on-campus study spaces where students can participate in distance learning courses.

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Like Trinity, Texas State University at San Marcos has created remote study spaces and adopted a new approach to face-to-face learning applicable to art students.

In a tweet that has since gone viral, a Texas State University music student showed what an 8 a.m. class looks like. The lesson took place in a nearby parking lot, close to the music school.

“That’s what my $25,000 tuition buys me at Texas State! Loving my 8am class,” the tweet read.

According to Texas State, the class featured in the post is led by an assistant professor of music education in the School of Music and is one of four music education classes that meet outdoors on mornings this semester. .

In a statement, the State of Texas said that when the class teacher learned that the virus is mainly spread through the air, especially when air conditioning is used, he turned to science to find a solution. solution to ensure that its students had a chance to continue their studies while protecting them as much as possible.

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“Several data sources and models that showed playing instruments outdoors significantly mitigated the spread of COVID-19,” university officials said. “After reviewing his findings with medical professionals, he presented his data to these students, and most agreed that moving classes outside was the best course of action.”

According to the university’s statement, being outdoors, combined with wearing special masks that allow students to play instruments, provides the safest possible learning environment for students working to graduate and become music teachers.

Final enrollment numbers for the roughly 40,000 students enrolled at Texas State won’t be final until September 9, but the university released the following breakdown of the course template:

“Around 42% of courses are offered online and 58% are face-to-face. However, the majority of face-to-face courses will include an online or distance component in an effort to reduce classroom density. Only about 20% of all classes this fall resemble a traditional face-to-face college class where all students meet in one classroom two or three days a week.

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On the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio, they follow a similar plan.

According to a university spokesperson, students have face-to-face learning opportunities that include the arts.

“We are holding rehearsals for the UTSA orchestra and opera house,” the UTSA spokesperson said. “… The group will prepare for the first game at home and at the time of the game will also be equipped with special masks.”

Additionally, the UTSA Orchestra is training for a concert scheduled for October 9 that will be streamed online. The spokesperson said students this semester are focusing on string instruments to minimize the spread of airborne contaminants.

Video of UTSA students in the orchestra participating in a socially distanced rehearsal is below:

Students focus on stringed instruments to minimize the spread of airborne contaminants.

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