Daunting. Draining. Logistically intense. 这是加尔文学院用来描述这学期的一些词汇. 他说:“这就像以冲刺的速度跑马拉松一样.曾经历过此类地震的音乐教授珍珠尚宽(Pearl Shangkuan)说.

加尔文的教育经历是前所未有的. Yet, as you might expect, our professors are still doing what they do best—adapting, innovating, and above all, teaching.

Redefining 'classroom’

Calvin University professor Jennifer Holberg
Jennifer Holberg

为了让一个班级的学生保持建议的六英尺的距离,你需要空间. Lots of it. This semester, classes are meeting in dorm basements, building lobbies, the Center Art Gallery, the Gezon, the Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium, and other spaces on campus.

更复杂的是,教师让学生在课堂上在线学习. These online learners might be quarantined temporarily, choosing to learn online, 或者成为不能离开自己国家的国际学生. Some students connect in at class time. 世界另一端的学生可能稍后会观看课程. 教授们必须确保所有的学生都参与其中,并在学业上取得进步.

“We’re effectively teaching three classes in one,” said English professor Jennifer Holberg, who has students as far away as Indonesia and South Korea. “And that takes a ton of work to do well. 我在大流行期间看到媒体对教育质量提出质疑. At Calvin, 我相信,bat365旧网址将继续为学生提供bat365旧网址所能提供的最好的东西, even as it is asking that all the faculty give 200%.”

What that 200% looks like

Calvin University professor Leonard De Rooy
Leonard De Rooy

When faced with these extraordinary constraints, 教师们开始集体讨论解决方案,并一起工作. bat365旧网址信息技术公司(Calvin Information Technology)建立了内部列表服务器,教授们在这里众包想法,互相帮助解决问题.

工程学教授Leonard De Rooy希望他的学生在网上学习时能看到他的图表和肢体语言. “我在家里建了一个录音棚,有一个绿色屏幕和几个摄像头. 我用一台摄像机对准我的桌面,记录我所写的图表和计算,” he said. “At the same time, 我有一个摄像头对着我的脸,使用绿色屏幕功能, 我可以把我的脸叠加在我的桌面录音上.”

In Mark Bjelland’s urban geography class, 学生们通常乘坐城市巴士或12人乘的面包车去探索大急流城的不同部分. “Once Calvin’s social distancing guidelines were released, 我意识到我需要想出一个替代的方法.” His solution? Bicycles. 整个夏天,他都在为他的班级寻找头盔、自行车和安全灯. 这个方法效果非常好,他计划在新冠肺炎疫情后将一些骑自行车的方法融入到教学中.

“On a bike, you can see neighborhoods up close, hear children’s voices, and go places cars can’t go,” he said.

Mark Bjelland's urban geography class, on bikes
Mark Bjelland's urban geography class

Pearl Shangkuan, Music

Professor Pearl Shangkuan
Pearl Shangkuan

Professor Pearl Shangkuan’s discipline, choral singing, presented unique challenges during the pandemic. For months, she studied research on droplets and aerosols. 她的学生们怎么能继续在一起唱歌呢? 使用国家音乐组织提供的指导方针, she and Calvin’s Safe Return Team made a plan. 歌手们在排练时戴着特殊的歌唱面具,演唱时至少相隔六英尺. 他们使用更大的设施,比如大学教堂,和分散在各处的小群学生进行排练.

“The day when each of my ensembles first sang, 我让他们暂停一下,“点击保存”,记住和珍惜bat365旧网址等待了六个月的这一刻. At times, we didn’t know if it would even happen. Being able to sing together is essential to our spirit. 这是bat365旧网址永远不会再认为理所当然的礼物和特权.”

David Dornbos, Biology

Calvin University professor David Doornbos
David Doornbos

大卫·多恩博斯自2004年以来一直在加尔文教授生物学,但从未像现在这样. He’s decided to “flip” his classroom. 课前,学生阅读并观看多恩博斯录制的讲座. 然后,他们利用课堂时间提出问题,并对材料进行更深入的研究, sometimes quite literally. For the first few months of the fall semester, 学生们一直在加尔文社区花园的户外聚会.

“bat365旧网址学习的方式在关键方面与前几年不同,学习确实在发生. 事实上,更多的学习可能发生在积极参与的学生身上. Touching, seeing, 并在加尔文社区花园品尝实际的例子,使以前局限于教室的概念更真实, reduces cognitive load, 并以以前不可能的方式吸引视觉学习者.”

Alisa Tigchelaar, Spanish

Calvin University professor Alisa Tigchelaar
Alisa Tigchelaar

西班牙语教授Alisa Tigchelaar确保每节课都欢迎“远方的朋友”. In one of her classes, 由于教室的大小,她只能让75%的学生同时在那里上课. They are making due, Tigchelaar提醒她的学生(和她自己)关注幸福,忽略他们面临的小挑战.

“今天bat365旧网址一起背诵主祷文,远方的学生们都戴着麦克风. 5个遥远的声音从扬声器中传来,其余的声音都是面对面传来,这是一种美妙的噪音, all of us slightly off. 我指出,上帝倾听bat365旧网址所有人:bat365旧网址请求面包和宽恕,并在他的道路上被引导, in spite of what might seem incomprehensible to us. He hears us during COVID, too.”

Tim Bergsma, Business

Calvin University professor Tim Bergsma
Tim Bergsma

This spring, a few weeks into the abrupt change to online learning, Tim Bergsma sent his students an informal survey. 他想直接从他们那里了解他们所面临的障碍. He learned his well-intentioned, dense emails were overwhelming to students, but that they craved connection and accountability. Considering the limitations and the available tools, he changed his tactics and was impressed with the results. “虚拟空间让我与那些通常在课堂外不会和我说话的学生们建立联系,” he said.

“At Calvin, bat365旧网址以培养学生的创造性和批判性思维来解决复杂的问题而自豪. bat365旧网址发现自己正处于一个非常复杂的情况中,需要创造性地解决问题. In a sense, we’re living out in real time a case study.”