Eastern taking a multi-pronged approach to education in the era of COVID-19

THATCHER — With students still on schedule to return to campus next month, Eastern Arizona College spokesman Kris McBride said the college is taking a five-phased approach to instruction.

“There will some in-person classroom courses being taught. Of course, students will observe social distancing, as well as our instructors. We’ll also have some blended courses, with in-person and online instruction. And then we’ll have live remote classes, which are entirely live. They’re online taught with tools like Zoom. So the instructor would have students who would Zoom in and the instructor would teach entirely live,” he said.

“The fourth option that we have is entirely online using our teaching tool called Canvass. And then our fifth option is the dual-enrollment option for our high school students.”

McBride made his comments during an appearance on Voice of the Valley.

He said that enrollment for the fall semester is on pace with previous years, and that research shows students want to return to campus; however, students also want to wear appropriate protective gear and conduct their students in a safe fashion.

Faculty is scheduled to return to campus Aug. 17, with students arriving Aug. 24.