Doane University students using the great outdoors as their classroom

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Doane University students added a new item to their school supply lists this year- lawn chairs.

Each day, all across campus you’ll find classes being taught outside, as some professors’ answer to social distancing.

“It gets a little hot, but at least I’m able to be able to be in the class and not in a Zoom call,” junior Aidan Mendoza said.

Mendoza’s Corrections class, taught by sociology professor Nathan Erickson, was spread out in Doane’s open air theater Friday morning.

“In Zoom you can create community,” Erickson said. “But it’s harder to keep track of everyone on the screen, I think it’s easy for people to tune out.”

At Doane, professors were able to choose how they wanted to hold classes. Some are spread out in larger classrooms, some are over Zoom and some are outside.

“We wanted to be flexible and create an opportunity to listen to…


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