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LCC will 'make the most of' virtual learning this fall

LCC provost and executive VP Paul Jarrell said online learning isn't the best thing for college students, but it's necessary to protect everyone's health and safety.

Posted: Sep 8, 2021 7:03 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- When Lane Community College switched gears, moving to a mostly virtual format for most of fall term, teachers were ready, according to provost and executive vice president Paul Jarrell.

Unless a student has a hands-on, lab-based, or health professionals class, they should be preparing for a mostly online term.

LCC officials said in a statement: "In response to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the college is working to reduce the risk of viral transmission on campus. To that end, we are working to limit the amount of in person instruction to essential levels through at least Oct. 24, when models show a reduction in the surge."

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Jarrell told KEZI 9 News he sympathizes with students and staff. He said teachers have been planning for online instruction for some time now.

“Many faculty are prepared to move remotely. They knew when they scheduled in-person instruction that that might be a possibility. I don't think most of us wanted this. I don't think it's best for students or the college right now, but we'll make the most of it like we have for the past year and a half,” said Jarrell.

One student who agrees with LCC’s decision, Jesse Randleas, said with this being his first year of college, there will be more opportunities to be on campus in the future.

“If everyone's worried about catching COVID-19, the in-person experience won't be good. So it's honestly just better to go online and be safe and have everyone feel safe,” said Randleas.

LCC officials said there are some things they want students to keep in mind while they prepare for the start of classes.

Jarrell said campus is still open, and there are still in-person resources available to students. He said the move to online is to help better the safety and health of students and staff.

“As we make changes, we update the schedule online on our website, and so I would encourage students to continue to check that to see what changes there may have been in their schedules,” said Jarrell.

The college will re-evaluate keeping distanced learning on Oct. 24.

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