USD professors evaluate fall semester, look ahead to spring

This semester, the entire USD community implemented and adapted to the changes in place due to COVID-19. From wearing masks across campus to getting used to hybrid and online learning, the fall semester was much different than years past. While students had to adjust to new schedules and campus operations, USD professors had to alter […]

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Co-teachers help motivate students through virtual, in-person learning

For most USD students, their last year of college is spent on campus making final memories on campus and in Vermillion before they prepare for life after graduation. Education majors, however, spend their last year off-campus in a year-long teaching residency.  The USD School of Education partners with surrounding school districts to provide students the […]

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FA Series: Art classes work hand-in-hand, face-to-face

For some classes, the transition to online or hybrid learning is simple. But for hands-on classes, like those involving art – online instruction can be difficult. This semester, with class instruction being a combination of online, hybrid and face-to-face, each department is adjusting material to fit each type of instruction. For Michael Hill, a ceramics […]

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FA Series: Choir adjusts to face to face and virtual classes

With classes being delivered in hybrid and online format in addition to some face-to-face classes, the music department is adjusting to the changes in place this semester, specifically those in the realm of vocal music. Bruce Kelley, Interim Dean of the College Fine Arts, said because singing is an efficient way to spread the virus, […]

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Senior music students perform recitals remotely, prepare for end of semester

With the end of the spring semester usually comes a variety of recitals and final performances for USD’s musicians. The practice rooms are all full, the sounds of instruments tuning and voices warming up fill the halls and the anticipation for the end of the semester is in the air.  But this spring semester, the […]

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USD classes remain online through the summer term

On Monday in a press release, USD announced summer classes will remain online for all South Dakota public institutions. USD’s announcement came after the South Dakota Board of Regents decision was announced the same day.   This decision, according to the press release, is in response to South Dakota’s continued effort to reduce the spread of […]

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Editorial: Online classes aren’t for everyone

Transitioning from the classroom to online isn’t as easy as it sounds. Online courses require more responsibility and organization than on-campus courses. There are no specific “class times,” just deadlines that are usually non-negotiable. It’s up to the student to make sure they outline a schedule to succeed in an online course.  There are also […]

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Nursing majors transition from eight hours of clinicals to four hours online

This is the second part of an ongoing story on the transition to online learning. Nursing majors are required to complete over 200 clinical hours before they graduate. Due to COVID-19, the program transitioned from hands-on learning to at-home Zoom classes with the rest of USD.  Under normal circumstances, nursing majors complete eight hours of […]

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