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A panel of experts offer science-based information about the reality of returning to in-person school instruction during a pandemic, and why they believe remote instruction is the safe choice.

Dangers of return to in-person classes remains unmitigated, experts say

August 5, 2020

Three days ago Columbia had nearly 50% of Fall 2020 semester courses listed under in-person instruction and had what some considered insufficient ventilation for buildings in place. But as of Tuesday, th...

Columbia's Faculty Senate Executive Committee dodge a Zoombomber and welcome college administrators during a discussion on campus reopening.

Administrators address faculty worries on campus reopening

July 31, 2020

With the start of Columbia’s Fall 2020 semester a little more than a month away, faculty are still worried about a slew of uncertainties, like whether instructors can be retaliated against for con...

Opinion: Teaching online will present challenges for GSIs but ultimately be beneficial

Opinion: Teaching online will present challenges for GSIs but ultimately be beneficial

July 22, 2020

When campus closed last semester on March 14, I found myself struggling to rethink my own course as a graduate student instructor, or GSI. It was my third semester teaching "Writing and Rhetoric" as ...

'Zoombombing' disrupts online learning, causing anxiety for some instructors

‘Zoombombing’ disrupts online learning, causing anxiety for some instructors

May 21, 2020

Christopher Shaw was ready for his first online "Introduction to Statistics" class to begin, but as students logged onto Zoom, he was struck by a surprise attendee—a Zoombomber. Shaw, an associate profe...

Students of Columbia's

Second City students keep laughter alive during pandemic

May 20, 2020

After cracking a joke, junior comedy and performance major Case Lowe waited for laughter and sounds of amusement, but instead received a grid of thumbs-up and clapping emojis from classmates on Zoom. ...

'Zoom fatigue,' the downside of constant video conferences

‘Zoom fatigue,’ the downside of constant video conferences

May 6, 2020

From Zoom calls for work meetings and classes, to socially-oriented FaceTime sessions, to happy hours with loved ones, coronavirus-induced lockdowns have many people turning to their screens as the...

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