Students life behind the screens, how are Barry students dealing with online learning?

By Jessica Hernandez Blanco

After only about 10 weeks of sitting next to each other in class on Barry’s campus, Barry students are now scattered throughout the world, finishing the semester. 

Spring 2020 took everyone by surprise, and college life is not the same.

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Unfortunately, campus life is suspended until further notice and the university is working remotely.

Online versions of classes officially began on March 30 after an unexpected period of adaptation that was caused by the Coronavirus. 

The chaos faced by the university during this crisis has been felt by everyone. 

Every school has faced challenges -- changes to several class syllabi have been made, service-learning hours have been cancelled, labs have been suspended labs, and the nursing school will have an early graduation.

Barry University is not alone in this challenge.

Around the world, universities and schools in several countries have transitioned to online classes in an effort to continue educating their students while combating the coronavirus through social distance. 

Webex meetings, Canvas forums and quizzes, and new papers are part of the daily routine to which all students must adapt. Professors adjusted their class syllabi and have restructured class material to finish the coursework.

But the impact that these changes have had in every student has been different, depending on where they are, and how comfortable they feel about the new delivery method of their classes. 

For many students the main problem are the new assignments that have come up due to the cancellation of presential activities.

“I do feel a bit more overwhelmed with assignments and projects,” said Makela Davis, a junior international business major. 

But she is not the only one.

Janika Koelblin, a junior psychology student, also notices the difference in professors’ class preparation when they are teaching online classes. 

“The fact that the teacher and students are not in person makes the class less interactive and harder to listen,” she said.

Also, she can feel some professors’ teaching quality is not the same as they do not provide as much information as they would. 

Some aspect that will bear repercussions will be midterms and finals, which count as high portions of the grade.