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As Foothill reopens its campus, a quarter of the students return in person

Original post made on Sep 24, 2021

Classes are back in session on Foothill College's campus this fall, but the majority of students are still learning remotely as the Los Altos Hills community college phases in its reopening.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 23, 2021, 4:27 PM

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Posted by Jeremy Erman
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2021 at 1:17 am

Jeremy Erman is a registered user.

This article starts and ends by highlighting that Foothill is offering in-person piano classes. This sounds great, except that these are the ONLY in-person classes music classes that Foothill is currently offering. Even before the pandemic, Foothill had eviscerated its once-vaunted music program, having cut choirs, band, and other performing classes years ago, and in 2019 cut group singing classes and guitar classes.

Also years before the pandemic, Foothill moved the majority of its remaining music classes, such as theory and history, online. For a time, the Music Technology program was still in-person, but now the entire Music Technology program appears to be online as well, so presumably the computer lab and recording studio that Foothill invested so much money in sit idle.

Foothill College used to have a famous music department, with many opportunities for students to make and learn about music together, but for years the school has been run by Presidents and District Chancellors obsessed with putting as many classes online as possible, and cutting classes that don't contribute to technology-related majors, no matter how popular the classes are.

Posted by Merilee Johnson
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 24, 2021 at 8:35 am

Merilee Johnson is a registered user.

Online classes are a wave of the future from the standpoint of economy and expanding classroom capacities.

With formats such as ZOOM and Microsoft Teams, students can easily complete their coursework (with the possible exception of lab work) offsite.

It also provides certain conveniences like not having to get fully dressed and then head off to class.

Universities will also be able to conserve fiscal resources by not having to maintain their classrooms and forum buildings.

In other words, fewer needs for custodial services and campus maintenance (e.g. trash pick-up, restroom cleaning etc.).

The campus setting will also be less congested.

A win-win for all, including instructors and professors who can also chill.

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