UC San Diego Takes Classrooms Into Great Outdoors – NBC 7 San Diego


“I will say — the skateboarders are very distracting.”

That was the one grievance from McKenzie Richardson as she ready for her public coverage class inside a large white tent on the UC San Diego campus.

“We were lucky enough to have four classes this quarter be under a tent,” mentioned Richardson, who’s engaged on her grasp’s diploma in public coverage.

A UC San Diego spokeswoman mentioned the college erected six large outside school rooms and 6 extra examine tents wired for college students. A passerby would half look forward to finding a marriage reception with a DJ.

David Victor, PhD was joyful to seek out Richardson and his different college students within the tent.

“As a teacher, it’s incredibly important to be able to see your students,” mentioned the general public coverage professor.

Victor mentioned the tented school rooms have monitoring cameras for college students nonetheless collaborating from residence, big video screens, directional microphones, and audio system. In-person college students are additionally spaced out effectively past the prerequisite six ft. Dozens of scholars additionally “attended” Victor’s class on-line.

“Hats off to the university,” mentioned Victor. “It’s invested massively in ‘How do we teach better under adverse circumstances?’ And these tents that we’re in are one element of that.”

The sides of the tent are open, and the ground is lined with synthetic grass. Victor mentioned the most important distraction is the occasional skateboarder zooming throughout campus.

There are simply over 2,000 college students attending in-person lessons, however effectively over 38,000 college students enrolled this quarter.

Victor mentioned he and the in-person college students, like Richardson, take weekly COVID-19 checks. According to the school’s website, solely 20 college students, workers, and school have examined constructive within the final seven days. That equated to 0.2% of everybody on campus.

He mentioned he felt secure. Richardson additionally mentioned she felt secure.

“We have an obligation as an educational institution to make sure that we offer the best education feasible,” mentioned Victor.

“We’re all pretty happy to be here,” concluded Richardson.