Hold tutorials in person in the second semester at UCC.

Hold tutorials in person in the second semester at UCC.

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Sean Guilderson started this petition to National University of Ireland and

With enforced restrictions, some in person academic engagement is possible in the second semester. Perhaps by the end of January is a bit early, but by March there should be in person activity. Tutorials of 15-20 students plus a lecturer/tutor would be more than capable of social distancing. With a mask requirement, hand sanitiser everywhere, we could make it work. With a consistent amount of cases, or a decrease, it could be possible to hold lectures in person as well. Lecture halls that can house 100+ students would be more than capable of holding ~50 students plus a lecturer at a time. The system many modules planned on using (Surnames A-G go in on this day, H-M the next, etc.) while everyone else watches online would work. It is unfair for us students whose families pay fees along with accommodation fees to sit at home and watch videos on a laptop. Secondary schools with narrow corridors and unenforced social distancing regulations are allowed to carry on, yet mature university students are not allowed to continue with a very important stage of our lives in a practical manner. Being in person is extremely important for us students, and it would be too precious for us to lose, hence the vast majority would follow guidelines. There is a significant decrease in structure, motivation, and comprehension with online learning. We request that there be at least some in person instruction by February/March. Students who would rather remain online and are unable to or uncomfortable with physically attending should be free to remain online. Although I am a UCC student, this petition is not just for UCC. If you or anyone you know is a student at another Irish university, please feel free to sign and share this petition. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please sign and share this petition.

Any questions, comments, or concerns, email me sguilderson612@gmail.com

 

Regards,

Sean

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