Patton College Students,
We miss seeing you walking through the halls of McCracken headed to classrooms full of in-person teaching and learning. Like you, we think this situation…in your words…sucks! We are doing all we can to keep you connected to each other and to your instructors, so your online experience is effective, smooth, and manageable… if not fun?!
Thank you to those of you who shared your opinions and sentiments on the Qualtrics questions conducted by our Office of Student Affairs.
On Day One in our new virtual world, 70 percent of you said your remote learning experience ranged from OK to Very Good; 10 percent had no online courses, weren’t online the first day, or said N/A; and 20 percent reported not having a good experience. We hear all of you!
We’ve read all of your comments on how we can help. We know that you chose to attend Ohio University’s campus-based learning for a reason. You feel you learn better in person, you feel it keeps you disciplined and accountable, you feel you have more opportunities for experiential learning, and you feel it provides a greater sense of community. I and the faculty could not agree with you more!
The Coronavirus has robbed you—especially those of you who are seniors—of the universal college experience and graduation. While many of us have stories of Senior-Year celebrations in Athens or on regional campuses, you’ll have a unique story to tell future generations.
The surveys also indicated that many of you are concerned about receiving the same quality education as you would have on campus. We assure you that, while our faculty may be challenged to transition quickly to online instruction, they still have the same knowledge and ability to teach you as always! And think about all of the new skills you are acquiring as you’re introduced to new technologies, innovative teaching strategies, and additional resume-building experience. You’ll be able to reflect on the time that you had to quickly adapt, learn new skills, and persevere during a challenging situation. Say that in a job interview!
If you take away anything from this communication, please let it be this: there is a webpage dedicated to study tips for online learning. I implore you to review the advice and suggestions in order to make the most out of your online learning experience.
A few of you were also concerned about your grades. Just yesterday, the University released an Alternative Grading System for Undergraduate Courses. A plan for Graduate Courses will soon follow.
Several of you asked for patience, and we ask the same of you. This is definitely a time to take a deep breath, stay calm, stay positive, and remain flexible.
If you are feeling like you need a little extra help coping with the stress, consider these resources for student mental health.
As we continue to progress through the semester and to a future with group celebrations, hugs, and high fives, know that The Patton College is here for you. Always feel free to reach out to your instructors and your advisors with any questions or challenges you are facing.
We’ve also developed a social media strategy to keep all of us connected. Keep an eye out on social media for a fun weekly question to answer using #PattonPAWesomeStories and (if room) #OHIOProud #PattonProud. And if you have any Patton Positivity you’d like to share, please tag us and use that hashtag!
I’ll leave you with a touching poem that is going viral…in a good way.
In Health & Happiness,
Renée A. Middleton, Dean
History Will Remember When the World Stopped
By Donna Ashworth
History will remember when the world stopped
And the flights stayed on the ground.
And the cars parked in the street.
And the trains didn’t run.
History will remember when the schools closed
And the children stayed indoors
And the medical staff walked towards the fire
And they didn’t run.
History will remember when the people sang
On their balconies, in isolation
But so very much together
In courage and song.
History will remember when the people fought
For their old and their weak
Protected the vulnerable
By doing nothing at all.
History will remember when the virus left
And the houses opened
And the people came out
And hugged and kissed
And started again
Kinder than before.