Issue: Some good came from “Zoom University”


Editorial Board

Nearly every single institution in the world has seen overwhelming change due to the coronavirus pandemic, including South Dakota State University. Though adapting how we live our lives has proven difficult, it’s important to appreciate the positive change brought about.

The rise in educational technology and improved technology training for educators, a higher emphasis on public and mental health and accessible communication tools prove that the realm of higher education is extremely adaptable, and the idea that “this is how we do things” no longer applies.

While we do not wish to minimize the many negative effects of the pandemic, the technological improvements and institutional changes at SDSU are sure to outlast the current challenges we face. 

Changes in classroom technology, such as live-streaming lectures and an increased reliance on organizational tools like Desire2Learn (D2L), are not only critical for our current remote learning needs, but will mean improved access to education and more digital resources available to students in the future.

In addition to the technology in the classroom, the improved technology has allowed friends near and far to gather in a safe and easy way. Student organizations are now hosting remote meetings and bringing people together.

The pandemic has also brought public health to the forefront of discussion. From basic hygiene to a more advanced understanding of the transfer of germs, viruses and bacteria, the public is now better equipped to protect themselves from COVID-19 and other potential diseases.

Should this emphasis on disease prevention continue in 2021 and beyond, we could potentially see a healthier post-pandemic world.

Physical health remains a top concern and point of discussion, but the topic of mental health has inserted itself as equally important. Isolation, quarantine and “Zoom fatigue” have made it abundantly clear that these issues need to be prioritized. Luckily, SDSU was quick to adapt and move counseling and support online to ensure that students and faculty have access to appropriate mental healthcare. 

2020 showed that the sweeping changes brought about by the pandemic, while not ideal, stand as an example that the status quo does not justify a halt in progress. 

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