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Remote Student Perspectives: Marissa Roderick

Marissa Roderick

COVID-19 has forced universities across the nation to close their campuses and institute online instruction methods in a matter of weeks. While a sudden switch to remote learning presents unique obstacles, EKU students rise to the challenge and remain committed to their education. This installment in the Remote Learning Perspectives series features Marrisa Roderick, a student in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at EKU. She is currently taking all classes in an online format. 

Q: Which classes are you taking online? 

A: I am currently taking all of my Masters Occupational Therapy classes online. 

Q: How did a normal class look for you before EKU moved to remote instruction? 

A: Normal classes before remote instruction were very hands-on, collaborative, and even involved some off-campus participation. 

Q: What was your reaction when you learned that this class would be moved to remote instruction?

A: ​My first reaction was general concern. I was worried about how this would impact the quality of my education and whether or not I would be prepared to complete my Level II fieldwork. 

Q:  What were some challenges you encountered learning online? How did you solve them?

A: ​The biggest challenge I had from the start was keeping track of everything that I had to do for each class. It helped to create a giant list of all of my assignments for the week and cross them off as I go. I would also break up my assignments in my planner, so I could see what I could get done each day. Doing that makes it all more manageable. 

Q: What have you learned from this experience?

A: ​I have learned how much time and energy our professors put into every class. As difficult as it has been to adjust as a student, I know our professors are right there with us. I have also learned not to take the little things for granted when it comes to being on campus.

Published on May 06, 2020

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