There is a spring in the City College physical education department stage, as summer semesters will see the return of more face-to-face activity-based classes.
Since COVID-19 has forced all City College courses online in March 2020, the physical education department has gradually added more in-person classes since fall 2020. The health protocols have been scrupulously respected and will continue to apply.
According to Kathy O’Connor, chair of the physical education department, the goal is for all regular preseason sports as well as some regular classes to revert to face-to-face instruction over the summer. Three of the 11 courses offered by the department during the Summer I session will be in person, and up to 30 sections have the potential to be held face-to-face during the Summer II.
O’Connor also said the current target is to offer 90% of in-person classes by spring 2022, comparing online classes to those offered in previous years.
“Activity classes generally don’t lend themselves well to an online environment,” said O’Connor. “All of the teachers and coaches were creative. We are really happy and looking forward to being back face to face with some classes this summer.
One of the courses that will include both online and in-person classes is Fitness Yoga, which will be offered online during Summer I and in person during Summer II.
Instructor Rosabeth Dorfhuber increased the reach and breadth of her online course by providing more solid readings and filming her own sample videos. She also found ways to adapt her lessons to take advantage of the home environment.
“Online is much more accessible to a lot of people,” Dorfhuber said. “Styles like restorative yoga can be practiced at home more than in the classroom, as they require additional props like walls and pillows. “
Instructor Bonnie Lewis, while appreciating the technological skills she has learned to help support students, is eager to review and “feel” her classes in person.
“I want to make sure everyone is safe and aligned, and that they have the modifications they can incorporate for good practice and to understand their body,” Lewis said.
O’Connor thanked the faculty for training and seizing the opportunity to meet the education needs in the event of a pandemic.
While holding activity-based classes in an online environment was not ideal, interacting with students through Zoom also brought some benefits to instructors.
“I learned to speak more clearly and more slowly,” said Assistant Professor Sandrine Krul. “When I come back to class to teach boxing and kinesiology, I’ll be more aware of the signals I’m giving off and a lot more aware of my tone. “
O’Connor noted that many of the physical education and health lectures will remain online for at least the fall semester.
“We just hope that the students feel safe, [and] that they’ve been vaccinated, ”O’Connor said. “We will continue to use health protocols; whether it’s cleaning, masks, whatever is asked of us, we’ll do it. “
Physical education classes are still available for summer i and Summer II sessions.