Reopen studio classes for undergraduate students at DAAP.

Reopen studio classes for undergraduate students at DAAP.

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Ashton Morris started this petition to College of DAAP at the Univerity of Cincinnati and

Due to recent changes and concern about COVID-19 and the safety of the student body as well as faculty, DAAP administrators have made the decision to move all instruction to online and only allow graduate students to use any studio space.  While the concern for safety is valid, such a decision will negatively impact the student body's ability to learn, especially those who rely heavily on studio classes.

The two most important elements of a studio class for students are the space that is provided for them to work and the interactions between students and faculty while creating and designing.  On the issue of space, many students do not have a quality workspace at home or in their dorms, and for students who share housing with other DAAP students, what little space exists becomes crowded and cramped.  As for interactions between students and faculty, the discussion and feedback that occurs while in the studio and while working tend to be of a higher quality than that of discussion held virtually or during an appointment that takes place outside of work time. 

Virtual discussion poses several issues: many students do not have a webcam while others may have poor, unreliable audio devices; seeing a work in progress over a digital platform is not comparable to seeing the work in person in some cases, as virtual meeting will not be using high quality cameras in order to capture true color quality, texture, and other elements; and connection for many students is spotty, especially during this time when such digital platforms are slowed down by a bandwidth that is not meant to support as many people as it must now.  The other option, scheduled meetings, pose a different issue: a person’s frame of mind is completely different while working than from most any other time, including during a separate meeting.  As a result, questions that the student might have while working may never come up during the meeting.  They are not currently dealing with the issue, so they will likely forget the finer points that they had wanted to bring up.  A problem such as this makes it difficult for the student to grow in their work and to learn from the assignment.  One final issue with remote learning for studios is that, unfortunately, some instructors have taken it as an opportunity to relax on their own duties to the classroom.  At the end of the Spring Semester in 2020, a number of otherwise good instructors became difficult to contact while only providing minimal information for their students.

We are proposing that DAAP reopen studios for undergrad students in some capacity.  However, we recognize that a number of precautions must be taken in order to keep both faculty and students safe.  Below is a list of the precautions we are willing to take.

1.      All students and faculty must wear a mask at all times.

2.      Students and staff will clean their spaces thoroughly before and after class.

3.      If need be, studios can meet once a week instead of twice.  This is not ideal, but will at least provide some of the personal interaction needed.  Such a decision will also allow for each studio class to divide into two groups, making the class even smaller.  This way, the students can spread out in the studio space, keeping a 6 foot distance from each other and the instructor.

4.      For students who would feel safer with an online format, such an option can stay available, further cutting down on the number of students in the DAAP building at any given time.  The online courses can be headed by the instructors who are most uncomfortable with returning to personal instruction.

5.      Studio classrooms will only allow a reduced number of students inside after class hours have ended.  The number will be low enough to ensure a 6 foot distance between each student while still allowing those with limited space at home to work.

With the precautions listed above, DAAP will be able to adhere to CDC guidelines and even hold a more conservative treatment of the current situation than most industries with a returning workforce, many of which have yet to see any accelerated spread within the company.

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