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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought many day-to-day activities to a halt, but woodworking and technical training is continuing, both in person and online.
Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin, is currently offering hybrid instruction. Students attend lab every other day. On their off days, students access videos and other learning resources online. When in class, students are required to wear masks and practice social distancing, said Patrick Molzahn, Cabinetmaking & Millwork program director. He has actually seen an increase in enrollment, and 80 percent of their students who had to delay graduation this past spring have returned[...]
In July, the Society of Wood Manufacturing (SWM), a Southern California industry-education focused group, identified a challenge that many high school woodworking teachers would soon face as the new school year began: how to teach woodworking while students are distance learning due to the pandemic. SWM decided to reallocate their budget and resources towards helping as many teachers and students as they could in this new, challenging educational environment. Three main issues were identified in which SWM could provide support: procuring wood materials for students, securing tools and supplies for students, and assisting teachers in preparing the materials and tool[...]
While the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly created new and unique challenges for everyone (and certainly considerable heartbreak and hardship for many), teaching woodworking "online" or "remotely" is not an easy task! How can students become familiarized with woodworking tools and machinery, learn proper safety technique, and experience HANDS-ON education through a screen? The educators in the Woodwork Career Alliance network have been busy and creative, thinking of ways to continue learning for their students. Students have been earning their WCA credentials while participating in remote learning as well. Check out these articles to learn more:
WCA Educators Share Distance Learning Experiences