The five schools adapt to online learning

Holly Feola and Katie Peters – News Editor and Arts Editor

As a result of shifting to online classes on March 30, Lasell’s five schools had to learn to adjust and adapt in different ways to ensure that students continue on track with their classes and graduate with their degrees. 

The School of Communication and the Arts has many classes that require using parts of the Adobe suite. Programs like Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, and InDesign are downloaded on many computers throughout campus and are usually free for students to use. Now that facilities are closed, students don’t have access to those computers but they do have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud for free through the school. 

Senior Ally Garriepy is enrolled in GRAP105 and was unsure how the transition would work. “When I first found out classes were going online I was extremely worried how I was going to complete my classwork,” she said. “The software has run smoothly on my personal laptop and it makes me wish we always had free access while enrolled at Lasell.”

Dean Rosenthal of the School of Humanities, Education, Justice & Social Sciences (HEJSS), noted that one change that has occurred within the school was the requirement of internships. 

“When possible, we encouraged students to continue at their internship site remotely but in some of the HEJSS majors, that wasn’t possible because direct, in-person interactions was a nature of the position. For those students, we created equally valuable, professional-skill development learning activities,” said Dean Rosenthal. 

In correlation with Dean Rosenthal, junior sociology major Allison Smith said, “My major didn’t hold students accountable for finding an internship…they were understanding that places aren’t being as responsive now that they are working from home and that others have stopped hiring altogether.” 

The School of Health Sciences is known for being a hands-on learning program since much of it requires clinical hours and labs. However, in these circumstances where applying knowledge first hand isn’t the same online as it would be in person, the School of Health Science has to adjust how its classes are taught. 

“We were supposed to do a maximal strength lab, an EMG study to test muscle activation and an ECG test to look at cardiac trends,” said sophomore Kelsey Scannevin. “These assignments have now turned into literature reviews, APA style essays and PowerPoint presentations with embedded voice recordings.” 

When asked how she was supported by her school, the exercise science major said, “The Dean of Health Sciences, Cris Haverty, has reached out to our entire department to let us know she’s still here for us no matter what.” 

Dean of the School of Fashion, Professor Anne Trevenen said, “Because of the strength of our connected learning, our internships and our industry connection, teaching online (or virtual classrooms) should be viewed as an opportunity to shine and showcase our ability to adapt, connect and get the job done.” Working and communicating online is one of the realities of the fashion business, where people from across the globe work together on projects. 

“Because our internship course already had a standardized online component, it was less challenging to transition the remainder of the semester,” says Chair of the School of Business, Dr. Matthew Reilly. More than half the students studying in business that held an internship this semester were asked to continue their work online. In situations where completing the internship is not an option, students get internship-based assignments to count towards the total internship hours needed.


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