The myth of diminished learning during quarantine

Jewish Post Originally Posted: May 29, 2020 As a professor at SMU Dallas, I am saddened by mainstream media’s myopic view of pandemic-induced online education. Whether it be op-eds about students receiving inferior educations in virtual classrooms or stories about parents suing colleges for “not getting their money’s worth,” public discourse lacks an alternative perspective. My own experience is quite the opposite. I witnessed an increase in student engagement and performance in my admittedly small classes afforded by a private university for my students who were unburdened by medical or socio-economic stress. My experience is not isolated but is echoed anecdotally by numerous colleagues in various parts of the nation. Deprived of non-academic distractions, many of my students became virtually monastic (pun intended). With more [...]

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Watch as Dedman College faculty and staff join together to congratulate the 2020 grads

"We are especially proud to be welcoming you to the Dedman College alumni community." -Thomas DiPiero, Dean, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences WATCH https://youtu.be/gLmOCgyIWDE

Help us shine a virtual spotlight on the #2020DedmanCollegeGrads!🎓

All you have to do is post to your favorite social network (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube), tag us @SMUDedman and add the hashtag #2020DedmanCollegeGrads. Be creative and share your favorite SMU memories, give shoutouts to your favorite Dedman College professors and let us know your future career plans. Need some examples? Check out the social wall here: smu.edu/DedmanVirtualYearbook Don't forget the #2020DedmanCollegeGrads and keep coming back to visit the smu.edu/DedmanVirtualYearbook so you can see what your friends are posting. We can't wait to hear from you!

SMU May and June classes move online

SMU News Originally Posted: April 6, 2020 Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff: As the continuation of health and travel restrictions related to COVID-19 remains uncertain for the coming months, SMU has decided to move May and June term classes online. Enrollment for May and June classes for current SMU students opens Monday, April 13, and the priority enrollment deadline is Friday, April 24. The University has not yet decided how classes that are scheduled to start in July will be offered. That information, as well as the enrollment date for July classes, will be announced later. If you have questions about May or June terms, SMU Intersessions staff are available from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. MWF on Zoom or by scheduling an appointment by emailing intersessions@smu.edu. Many of the courses [...]

SMU spring commencement postponed to August 15

SMU News Originally Posted: April 2, 2020 Please watch this message from Dr. Turner announcing a postponement of SMU’s spring commencement to Saturday, August 15, 2020. Although the ceremony date is moving, you will still receive your degree on May 16th. Transcripts with your degree will be available in early June and your diploma will be mailed to you. Watch

SMU Classes Move Online Through End of Spring Semester

SMU News Originally Posted: March 20, 2020 Dear SMU Community, Each day we evaluate the challenging issues created by COVID-19 and work diligently to make the best possible decisions for all of us. To align with declarations from federal, state and Dallas County health authorities, SMU is moving all classes online for the remainder of the spring semester. We also are reducing even further the number of people working on campus. Effective Monday, March 23, the University moves to essential personnel only status until April 3.  Employees will be contacted directly by their appropriate vice president or athletics director with guidance on their individual units’ operating plans. All faculty and staff, whether salaried or hourly, will continue to be paid during this period. Please remember to report your [...]

SMU to temporarily move classes online after Spring Break

SMU NEWS Originally Posted: March 12, 2020 READ THE FULL LETTER HERE Dear SMU community, Due to rapidly changing issues related to the spread of Coronavirus, SMU will move students from classrooms to online instruction for the first two weeks following Spring Break, beginning Monday, March 23.  The University is requesting that as many students as is possible leave the residence halls during Spring Break and remain home until April 5, as we expect normal operations to resume on April 6. International and other students who need to remain living in the residence halls should formally request approval from the Office of Residence Life and Student Housing to stay on campus. RLSH will send a message directly to residents containing additional information outlining the process. The campus [...]

“That’s Fashionating: The History of Israeli Fashion From the Kibbutz to the City”

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 pm, DLSB 110 “That’s Fashionating: The History of Israeli Fashion From the Kibbutz to the City” by Liraz Cohen Mordechai, fashion lecturer and blogger with a Master’s degree in Global Fashion Management from FIT, manager of the NY- Israel Fash&Tech Meetup community, and certified stylist in the fashion industry of NYC. Co-sponsored with Hillel at SMU. For more information email: jewishstudies@smu.edu.

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7th annual Ladino Day celebration

Sunday Feb. 2, 1:00-5:30, Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium 7th annual Ladino Day celebration featuring Dr. Rey Romero, U. of Houston lecturing on “The Role of Ladino in Sustaining Sephardic Communities,” Student readings of Sephardic folktales, Film screening and discussion of “Song of the Sephardi” by David Raphael, and Kosher Sephardic Sweets. Free and Open to the Public. READ MORE

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