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Ahead Of Fall Semester, Colleges Gear Up For Classes During COVID-19

Host Bradley George (top center) speaks with Divya Kumar (left bottom), a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, and Erika Greenberg-Schneider (right bottom), a graphic design professor at USF. Image credit: The State We're In / Facebook

Colleges and universities across Florida are just weeks away from the latest version of pandemic-era instruction.

Erika Greenberg-Schneider is a professor of graphic design at the University of South Florida. She’s spent the spring and summer semesters learning to videotape lectures.

“We’re getting it, but maybe it just takes a little bit longer and it’s a little bit more awkward,” Greenberg-Schneider said.

Greenberg-Schneider was on a guest earlier today on The State We’re In – a Facebook Live show from WUSF and WMFE in Orlando. She was joined by Divya Kumar, a higher education reporter at the Tampa Bay Times.

This fall, Greenberg-Schneider is eager to return to a campus studio where she and a handful of students can remain six-feet apart. Other students will be watching on camera, either in another campus studio, or from home.

“This university is offering us face masks and a whole bunch of other things to happen in the classroom to make sure we feel safe, which I’m fine with,” she said. “Because I do think that something is lost in a studio class if you can not at least have a little bit of face-to-face time.”

Enrollment for in-person classes at state universities in Florida is being limited, and offered mostly for hands-on classes like the arts and labs.

To see the full conversation with her and Divya Kumar, visit The State We’re In Facebook page.

This story is produced in partnership with America Amplified, an initiative using community engagement to inform local journalism. It is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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