Some Wisconsin STEM college students feel left behind by remote learning (Dean Katers quoted)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The pandemic has disrupted the way students across all grade levels are learning.For some college students, they feel left behind and find this year as a lost cause.“Online education, in my opinion, is not as good as in person,” John Pfankuch, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, said. “I feel like I’m not learning as much as I could be.”Pfankuch is studying mechanical engineering and his course load is heavy with courses in mathematics.
…Aaron Splan graduated from UWGB’s mechanical engineering program this winter and landed a job after an internship.
Splan agrees that distance learning is difficult for those majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics also known as STEM.
“Staying with it and not falling behind is the biggest thing because it is more difficult than being in the classroom, at least for me personally it was more difficult,’ Splan said.
What helped him succeed was “just staying in constant contact” with professors, he said.
UWGB is taking steps to help struggling students, including having professors available remotely during their office hours.
Dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology John Katers does not believe students should sit out a semester or a year waiting for the return of in-person classes.
“I believe things will be closer to normal for the fall  semester and so we’re trying to make every effort as we can to make face to face,” Katers said.
He added that the school expects to offer more hybrid courses this spring.