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In Photos: Fall Classes

Whether in-person or online, students adapt to a changed classroom

Instructor Ben Cooke teaches students in Engineering 101 outside

Instructor Ben Cooke teaches students in Engineering 101 in a classroom setup outside

As students, faculty and staff returned to Duke this Fall they found a reconfigured campus. From law classrooms to dance studios, each space was updated to follow distancing guidelines and allow for in-person instruction. And while not everyone could be on campus this fall, technology enhancements allowed many students to participate remotely. Explore below to see how students have adapted to new learning environments this semester.

Masked students in a classroom listening to the instructorA socially distanced class in the Languages Building on the first day of classes
Masked-up and desks spaced apart, first-year students found a new classroom experience when they met visiting professor Michael Newcity for his “Law, Ethics, and Responsibility” FOCUS course on the first day of class in Fall 2020.
An engineering 101 class outdoors
Engineering students take advantage of the natural ventilation of a classroom setup in a covered area outside the Engineering Design POD.
A student attending a Zoom class in the Bryan CenterA masked student participates in her Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science via Zoom in Perkins Library.
While campus is open, some courses have online components. Students can be found across campus attending class in traditional study spaces where they can focus on learning.
Courtney Crumpler leads Intermedia Dance (DAN 210)Intermediate Dance (DAN 210), taught simultaneously in-person and via zoom by Courtney Crumpler, MFA student.
Courtney Crumpler leads Intermediate Modern Dance taught simultaneously in-person and online. Students in the studio occupy assigned spaces marked with red tape on the floor. Some of their classmates join online and can be seen on the screen at the front of the class.
Student in “The Environment in Literature, Law and Science” visit the Duke Campus Farm during a class trip
Although the course is being held online this semester, students in "The Environment in Literature, Law and Science” were able to meet and explore some of the factors that contribute to the changing idea of “the environment” during an in-person field trip to the Duke Campus Farm.
First-year students work together in small groups and are able to take advantage of all of the learning resources available in the Engineering Design POD.
Students in Bill Fick's Intermediate Drawing course discuss their series of drawings exploring personal expression, while masked, at the Ruby.
Students in Bill Fick's Intermediate Drawing discuss their series of drawings at the Rubenstein Arts Center and zoom in on the details for their classmates joining remotely.
Students in Shambhavi Kaul's Advanced Visual Practice course discuss their cyanotypes, while masked, outside the Ruby.
Students in Shambhavi Kaul’s Advanced Visual Practice class take advantage of an outdoor space at the Rubenstein Arts Center to discuss cyanotypes by student Sofia Zymnis.
Students in Taylor Black's literature course have discussion time outside their class, while masked, at the Social Sciences Building.
Students in a Taylor Black’s Southern Grotesque FOCUS class discuss the last chapter of Toni Morrison’s Beloved outside the Social Sciences building.
Behind the scenes of a theater studies course filming
Donning clear masks while filming a scene, theater students and Durham-area actors take instruction from JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, guest director for the Duke Theater Studies’ fall mainstage production. For more information, visit (Photo by Ashley Jeffers, Duke TS major)