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Mississippi State professor draws international attention for teaching in The Hump

Photo: Aaron Cornia/Mississippi State Athletics

A Mississippi State University professor’s new teaching set up has gotten quite a bit of attention on Twitter.

Jim Giesen aka James C. Giesen aka @BollWeevils has taken to teaching in The Hump (aka Humphrey Coliseum) due to the pandemic. The Hump is a pretty solid spot to teach if you need to spread your students out for larger classes. And that seems to be the case with Giesen’s class.

As you can see from that photo, there’s quite a few students enrolled in Giesen’s class. As long as Mississippi State is going to have in-person classes, MSU will need to adapt for larger class sizes.

Given the concerns of spreading COVID-19, this seems like the ideal sort of way to have in-person classes. You could have your students safely spaced out to where they would not come into close contact with each other.

AND THE COOLEST THING IS HE GETS TO USE THE VIDEO BOARDS AND THE SPEAKERS. HE CAN PUT ALL OF HIS PRESENTATIONS UP FOR EVERYONE TO SEE AND HEAR AND THERE’S NO PROBLEMS WITH THAT AT ALL!

And look, it’s not a surprise that the idea would be popular with other professors. Folks over in the UK and Denmark are trying to find a way to do the same sort of thing:

I had to use the translate function on Twitter for that one because I do not speak Danish. Here’s a screenshot from Google Translate for anyone else who does not speak Danish:

Of course, as is the case with anything that’s fun and innovative, some people didn’t quite get it. While most of the responses I saw were celebrating the idea of a professor teaching history on a basketball court, some folks weren’t necessarily enjoying it.

I mean, he does bring up a solid point about social distancing while entering and exiting The Hump. Here’s to hoping that people are doing that safely.

But in theory, this plan is solid. It’s forward thinking and shows that Mississippi State will use all of its resources to adapt for in-person classes in hopes of providing a safe learning experience for students. Now, I can’t wait to see some photos of classes learning at Dudy Noble and Davis-Wade Stadium.

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