As the semester gets closer to the end, students and professors are counting down the days until summer vacation is here; however, there are still a few more class sessions before finals arrive, and professors are cramming in what’s left of the material to discuss.
Some professors take in the spring air and the warm weather and bring their classes outside. It allows for a different teaching environment for both the professor and the students but can be a beneficial change for both.
A lot of students wish they would be outside more since they spend most of their time inside the classroom. Some students wish to change up the scene and try a different environment to learn in.
“I think holding classes outside as the weather gets nicer increases students’ moods, their willingness to learn and their overall health,” Anita Morrison (junior, early childhood/special education) said. “As a future teacher, I would hold classes outside for my students.”
Although a lot of students wish that their professors would hold a few classes outside, many professors don’t end up doing so for various reasons, including distractions, excessive heat and inconvenience.
“I think professors should have more outdoor classes as the weather gets warmer,” Michael Soto (sophomore, computer science) said. “I think it helps calm and relax students’ moods.”
Some professors change up the learning environment and soak up the sunny weather along with their students. Most professors like the idea, but it isn’t practical for their courses, especially if they rely on technology like projectors or computers.
“If it were possible, I wouldn’t mind having a few classes outside for a change of pace in the sunshine and the warmer weather,” journalism and public relations professor Randy Jesick said. “However, in the 40 years I’ve been in the classroom, I don’t think I’ve had a class outside.”
Other professors don’t believe it’s beneficial at all, claiming it’s both distracting and not a good idea for the students and the professor.
“I’d prefer not to teach outside because I find it distracting,” political science professor Rachel Sternfeld said. “Students aren’t getting what they paid for and aren’t learning as much.”