Lowe’s Build and Grow in Louisville Monday, Feb 28 2022 

Lowes Build and Grow Louisville events are back in 2022! The pandemic interrupted these in-person kids events, but they are back. Lowes Build and Grow Louisville is starting back with in-person programming in March 2022. You can sign up for you’re child to build a project for free. So let me get this straight – There’s a monthly event at [...]

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Archery Lessons and Ranges in Louisville Monday, Jul 19 2021 

Where can kids learn archery in Louisville? Does your child have a newfound interest in a learning archery? Maybe even you do? E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park archery in Louisville lessons that are affordable. You have to act fast to get a spot because they fill up quickly. You must fill out a registration form send it back to the [...]

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Students can benefit from longer drop/add periods Tuesday, Sep 15 2020 

By Catherine Brown–

The drop/add period for classes only lasts from the first day of the fall semester to the last weekday of that same week. University of Louisville administration should extend this period for students.

This period is too short for students. With such a short time to get to know classes, it can be difficult to know whether a professor is right for the student’s learning needs. Students also have to determine whether the class is even necessary in the first place.

With only a week to drop or add classes, students might not get a full view into how the class is run and how their professor can help them. If given more time, students can actually meet the professor. This way, they can determine if the professor will be accommodating and understanding of each student’s needs. 

Students would also have the opportunity to understand the workload. Many professors have outlined the class schedule in their syllabus. Students, particularly those in general education courses, can benefit from knowing the expectations for the course and deciding if they should swap out. 

For freshmen, this can help to ease them into the college course load.

With only a week to drop or add classes, it’s impossible to judge the class fairly. For a class that meets twice a week for 50 minutes, the total meeting time in that first week would be less than two hours. A class that costs $500 per credit hours and can impact GPA only meets for less than two hours and we’re supposed to determine whether we want to stay in it. Most professors seem to only review the syllabus during the first week, anyway.

After the first week, U of L refunds 0% of course fees.

Sometimes, the time of the class doesn’t fit with the student’s schedule. It’s not fair to punish students who can’t fit a particular class into their schedule. We’re busy with sports, clubs, jobs, religious groups, and our social lives that we already have to plan into our schedules. 

Sure, we sign up for classes in spring/summer. But we can’t guarantee that the classes we signed up for 5 months prior to the start of the semester are the same ones we’re going to stay in. Some students change or add majors and minors. Many join new on-campus or off-campus groups. Others need fewer credit hours.

For students who have to drop a class after this deadline, U of L assigns them with a ‘W’ meaning the student withdrew from the course.

Having one or two ‘W’s on a transcript doesn’t impact a student’s academic record very much and ‘W’s don’t affect GPA. However, if continuous withdraws pile on, it can look bad to future employers or graduate schools. If U of L were to extend the drop/add period even a week more, students could avoid this problem entirely.

The administration needs to take students into account when considering how to help them transition into the new year.

Graphic by Eli Hughes//The Louisville Cardinal

 

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Online advice: Don’t let COVID-19 get you behind Wednesday, Aug 26 2020 

By Maria Dinh —

As a response to COVID-19, the university has offered hybrid, distance and remote courses for the fall 2020 semester. Students are either attending in-person classes a couple times a week, meeting synchronously through Blackboard/Zoom or completing distance ed courses online. Professors have also given students the option to complete their hybrid course 100% online only for those who don’t want to attend class half in-person, half online.

Logging into a remote class in a full household can feel really chaotic. Working in the comfort of home can be unmotivating and distracting. Here is some advice for an online working environment:

Have a Designated Work Area.

Not everyone is blessed with a private home office to do all of their studying. Work on a desk or a kitchen table, hopefully near a good Wi-Fi connection.

It is recommended that students wear headphones with a microphone during a conference so they can focus on the lecture and participate. On Blackboard, there can be an echo during online lecture when the microphone is on. Make sure the microphone setting is muted so others can listen to the professor.

Junior CIS major Tatiana Aliaga-Mendoza had to transition from in-person to remote learning in the Spring of 2020. Aliaga-Mendoza said she keeps the essentials on her desk when she’s in class.

“I always have some water with me, my planner to write down assignments, a notebook since it’s harder to take notes on my laptop, and maybe a snack if I have back to back lectures,” she said.

Plan a Work Schedule.

Maintaining a work schedule is essential to staying on top of things.

Talk with roommates/family members on a work schedule to have quiet times for synchronous lectures on Blackboard or Zoom. Working from home can be distracting so it is important to stick to a focused routine.

Set reminders.

It’s important to maintain schoolwork and remember deadlines for assignments.

Distance ed courses don’t meet a couple times a week like in-person classes do. Distance ed courses are more lenient, but have important dates for assignments and exams. Writing down assignments in a planner or Google Calendar are a great way to stay organized. Download the Blackboard app and Microsoft Outlook app with notifications on for when professors make an announcement.

Review recorded lectures.

On Blackboard, there is a menu bar where recorded lectures are located for students to go back and watch what they might have missed. Some professors use Panopto for recorded lectures.

This program has shortcuts where students can click on the title of the slide and the video jumps on the time bar where the professor talks about the slide. Panopto even has a section for taking notes synchronized to the time of the recording.

 

So is it worth it to attend classes if the option is given?

“I think there is a lot of value to students learning in the classroom setting,” Brian Barnes, a philosophy professor at U of L said. “As a student, I found classroom interactions with faculty and other students to be invaluable for my learning. On the other hand, I don’t believe I should use my platform as a professor to coerce students into showing up when they feel unsafe during a public health emergency. The class interactions are recorded, and I believe that many students are capable of making good decisions about structuring their learning with online content. Again, much is lost in this format, but I do think it’s important that students have an option to learn in an environment where they feel safe.”

File Graphic // The Louisville Cardinal

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NTI Childcare and NTI Camps in Louisville Thursday, Aug 13 2020 

Many parents are seeking information about NTI Childcare or NTI Camps for their kids for the 2020-2021 school year We have researched businesses and organizations that are offering childcare services for virtual learning.  NTI Childcare is a very big concern for many Louisville parents. Businesses and organizations are innovating to provide camps or other forms of childcare to help parents [...]

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Outdoor Adventure Classes Monday, Jul 6 2020 

Nanny Pair created outdoor parent and child classes where adults can join their child for a morning of fun and adventure! New “You & Me” classes for ages 1-6 in the park this summer from Nanny Pair Outdoor Adventure Class: “Inhale/Exhale” Right now we will focus on positive things, things we can control and most importantly, taking care of ourselves. [...]

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Mr. B’s Bike Camp Monday, Jun 1 2020 

Does your child need to learn how to ride a bike? There’s an instructor in Louisville that’s “the bike whisperer” – Mr. B’s Bike Camp Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage, but for many busy parents, finding the time to teach their children how can easily slip to the bottom of the priority list. Enter Mr. B’s [...]

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Using E-Services with Your Louisville Free Public Library Card Wednesday, May 20 2020 

Access free resources online through Louisville Free Public Library with your library card! The COVID-19 pandemic has kept the Louisville Free Public Library locations closed for over a month, and no set plans have been made to reopen just yet.   Did you know you have access to thousands and thousands of LFPL digital resources and E-services at your fingertips with [...]

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All classes moved online due to spread of COVID-19 Wednesday, Mar 11 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

In an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the University of Louisville, President Neeli Bendapudi informed the U of L community U of L’s campuses will remain open but all classes will be moved online from March 18 through April 5.

Along with this change, Spring Break has been extended through March 17 and any on-campus events will continue, but are under review.

International travel and non-domestic business travel has also been suspended effective immediately.

“Our people are, and always will be, our greatest asset and highest priority,” Bendapudi said in her email addressing the new changes.

While campus housing will remain open during this period, the university has recommended that students who are able to stay away from campus until April 5 are encouraged to do so.

Food services, libraries, the food pantry and other campus/student services will also remain open.

Bendapudi said these decisions came after consulting infectious diseases experts at U of L and other higher education leaders across the state and nation.

“We understand that these restrictions will cause significant inconvenience for many of you,” Bendapudi said, “Please know that we do not make these restrictions and recommendations lightly. I am convinced that these measures are essential to preserve the health and well-being of our University community and all citizens of the Commonwealth.”

For more information on COVID-19 visit the CDC’s frequently updated page on any new information regarding the virus.

File Photo//The Louisville Cardinal

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Do It Yourself (DIY) Art options around Louisville, KY Friday, Jan 3 2020 

DIY Art for kids and families around Louisville Families love making art together! It’s a fun and usually inexpensive way to spend time together being creative and making keepsakes and great memories. If you are looking for indoor art for kids, there are many places around Louisville that offer art workshops, painting, clay, or other forms of art fun. Looking [...]

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