Students Are Making Adjustments to New Hybrid Learning System

Zsane Wicker
Dec 2, 2020 · 3 min read

(Hammond,LA) COVID-19 has sent millions of people into a frenzy, especially students. Schools are resuming by making the transition to hybrid learning; for some it has become quite the hassle, while others are calm, cool and collected.

Students of Southeastern Louisiana University have had the option of voluntarily learning from home or being a campus resident. The sudden switch has caused teachers and students a great inconvenience.

Some classes remain 100% online, while others have a hybrid learning system, requiring students to attend class virtual one day and in class the other. Many older professors aren’t tech savvy and some students don’t have the same resources available off campus.

Brent Webb, a Southeastern sophomore who already had taken an online course the previous year said, “Dealing with the transition is neither helpful nor harmful for me. Personally I am not struggling more now than before, but I do believe there is much more effort that has to be applied such as remembering time frames that an assignment will be opened and closed.”

Naturally most individuals don’t do well with time management and for some this has given them more of an excuse to put work aside instead of attempting to get on top of their studies during their endless amount of leisure time.

“The last thing you want to do is be kept out of the loop of your classes. Do so however you see fit. I’ve adjusted by trying my best to follow along with the emails and announcements. I’m also staying connected through various class group chats,” Webb added.

In the few first weeks some professors tended to overcompensate the workload for online courses compared to assignments given during the regularly scheduled classes twice a week, but soon realized the material already planned was sufficient enough.

Cederic Kent, a freshman, has been working overnight shifts five days a week while majoring in Kinesiology at Southeastern. He has been working late nights and early mornings for months; going to school online has not been working out in his favor.

Kent said, “It hasn’t been easy for me. My trick is creating a planner so I can visually see my tasks and how much time I have to study or work on assignments. This helps me manage my resting time before and after work.”

Virtual classrooms are a hassle for students who are already struggling one-on-one in the classroom. It creates a greater challenge for the student to try to teach themselves.

“You lose human interactions that help you learn in the classroom like the different perspectives and feedback. It’s also harder to get clarification on the material,” Kent noted.

There are some students who take part in different organizations on campus including, greek life, sports and clubs. SELU club meetings continue to be held virtually and sports have been resumed to face-to-face contact. Many involved students might struggle, while others have mastered time management.

“I am a participant of the Black Student Union executive board and “Project P.U.L.L.” Juggling activities and school hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would be,” said Webb.

A smooth transition is all everyone could hope for. It was crucial to reset and prepare for the new way of learning.

“Hybrid classes can be a struggle to switch to so abruptly, which I think we can all agree with,” Web said. “We all just have to adjust to the new normal.”

SELU has been on the lookout for students, ensuring safety precautions all around campus. President John Crain and the Dean of Students Dr. Gabe Willis have reached out repeatedly through email giving students resources to help us continue our education. They have been doing their very best to still give students a great college experience while they are adjusting to the transition.

Southeastern Louisiana University has huge “Lion up against COVID-19” posters around campus to remind students of safety precautions.


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