University of Montana readies for face-to-face instruction

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Posted at 9:53 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 12:05:00-04

MISSOULA — The University of Montana will soon be back in action with face-to-face instruction.

But to ensure in-person learning runs smoothly when classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 19, a handful of new rules will be implemented.

Classes will have designated entrances and exits to control traffic flow and every other seat will be marked off, and caution tape will keep students spread out.

Hand sanitizing stations will also be found on nearly every wall.

Masks are required in the academic buildings, and every student has been given a kit that includes face coverings, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting spray to clean their desks once class is over.

Above all, professors have been asked to design their classes in a blended model that gives students the chance to come in person or stay home if they choose.

UM Chemistry professor Chris Palmer says his class typically involves a very active environment with group work and hands-on learning and this year, it’ll be all about adaptability.

I’m prepared to go directly remotely if I need, so I've got the course set up so that I can give lectures remotely via Zoom and students can participate via Zoom. That’s for the lecture portion of it," Palmer explained.

"The lab portion will be more of a challenge. There's no doubt. If we end up going completely remote. It's going to be a difficult challenge to really have the students get the same experience that they would normally get in the lab," he added.

We’ll hear more from Professor Palmer and how he plans to overcome some of those obstacles during Friday's 5:30 News.

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