Exercise for Special Populations Workload Reduction

Exercise for Special Populations Workload Reduction

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Courtney Spears started this petition to Loyola Marymount University and

We are all currently facing a pandemic that has resulted in different hardships for students that are defined by individual circumstance. We have all been asked to handle a great deal of change and chaos in a very short period of time. Many of us have been forced to move out of our current housing situations and are dealing with the resulting consequences. Current circumstances are stressful for those of use on lockdown/quarantine/shelter in place. The confusion and constantly changing circumstances have been mentally and emotionally exhausting.

In an effort to make the transition to online classes easier for students the start of instruction was pushed back a week. As a result, this course only has 6 weeks left of instruction. In these 6 weeks we are expected to complete the following assignments via zoom and other online communication:

  • 5 Reflections (2-3 pages): Originally supposed to be based off of fieldwork experience but will now be done based off of additional reading assignments
  • Group Presentation: Multiple step process resulting in groups having an element due every week
  • Senior Fitness Testing Project: Conduct fitness test and then write a report with feedback. Was originally supposed to be done in pairs but will now be done individually
  • Readings and Class Assignments: Usually vary in type and one per week
  • Final Exam

The amount of work expected from students in our current circumstance is stressful and taxing. The goal of this petition is to reduce the workload to something that is manageable and enriching. None of the students signed up for an online course and this course was originally meant to be very interactive. As a result, we believe that a workload reduction is fitting and would show empathy and support for individuals attempting to reduce stressors during this time. It is suggested that the reflections or the Senior Fitness Testing Project be removed from the workload for this course given current circumstances. An alternative would be to grade all remaining assignments based upon completion.

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