For Second Year, Butler Offers Free Online Course on COVID-19 to Incoming Students – Stories

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This summer, incoming freshmen and transfer students at Butler University are invited to enroll in a free online course on how we can move forward as individuals, as a university and as a community after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Similar to the free summer course offered last year, which covered the immediate impacts of the virus, this one-credit hour course is designed to help incoming students learn about the Butler community and the college experience before moving on. arrive on campus.

“The objectives of this year’s course are similar to those of last year, but with the theme ‘what have we learned and how can we be better after COVID’,” says Anne Wilson, professor of chemistry and responsible for the faculty of the online course. . “Our prepared lectures will be much more collaborative, with multiple faculty members contributing to a single topic. We have many faculty from last summer returning to the effort, as well as several new people we are excited to include !”

Title ID190: Building a better world after COVID, the course will run from the end of June to mid-August. Students will be assigned to one of several faculty-led groups, alongside approximately 20 peers. They will discuss topics such as what we have learned from the pandemic, how we can maintain relationships and well-being in similar situations, why supply chain issues have affected vaccine deployment, and how the community will celebrate. the end of the pandemic.

“The COVID course was a great introduction to a class discussion at the college level, as the discussions were student-led,” says Lauren Browning, a first-year chemistry major, who completed the course last summer. “Learning about the pandemic not just from a medical perspective, but from so many different aspects, really set this full liberal arts rotation on course. Being able to simultaneously share my opinion while listening to the opinions of others created this comfortable environment where I could consider more points of view than I had ever imagined. Besides the course material itself, I enjoyed the excellent discussions and made friends in my class, some of whom I still talk to today. It was a great first course to get into Butler, and I highly recommend it.”

After paying the $500 registration deposit, students wishing to join the free course can either register during their academic advising appointments at virtual registration or on their student status page. . Students must register by Thursday, June 24, 2021.

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