Going backwards: What is college education compared to last year?

How has teaching changed on the college campus as the new semester begins – in an environment where the epidemic is not over yet and the delta variant, even some vaccinated people, are succeeding?

To get some answers, we decided to focus on how classes start on a campus – Purdue University. For this week’s Adsense podcast, we spoke with three Purdue students, one of whom stayed completely away last year, as well as a professor who recently led the University Senate.

Purdue was a place that was proudly pushed to return in person even during the time of the epidemic. This time last year, Purdue president Mitch Daniels, a former governor of Indiana, was interviewing CNN and talking about all the steps Purdue is taking to make the campus safer. It involved purchasing more than a mile of Plexiglas, which officials installed throughout campus, including putting rolling Plexiglas shields into classes that professors could place while lecturing between them and students.

Things are very different and crowded this year. And it turned out that Plexiglass did not work as expected.

Students and professors say there are some things they are excited about that more teaching is in person. But to go back is to give up some flexibility when there is all flexibility.

If there’s one word that has been a campus experience so far this academic year, it’s limbo. “It’s not one or the other,” says Sean Murley, Purdue’s senior. “It’s not like we just stay at home or everything is normal. It’s just weird Meanwhile The more we get out of it and the more people get vaccinated. ”

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