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Online Seminars in the Time of COVID-19
For at least the rest of this year, Renaissance seminars won't be quite the same as before, thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The fascinating, informative, funny, entertaining seminars that have always been the heart and soul of Renaissance will return in the Fall Semester—just differently.
Since CSUS will be doing almost all its fall classes online, so will we. COVID-19 has changed the world but we will prevail. We are lucky to be in a technology-strong era and we will be using that technology to deliver our seminars to our members in the safety and comfort of their homes. The Forum will also be back with riveting speakers such as regional and scientific leaders, also online.
We will be using Zoom, a platform that has become extremely popular in the era of stay-at-home. Everyone from businesses to family to schools to programs like ours is using it to connect with each other. Some of you are probably already utilizing it to socialize with friends and family.
It is not difficult to use as a participant. You will get directions and instructions from your seminar leaders. There is training information on this website. We will be offering training opportunities over the summer. You can download the program now for free onto your computer, tablet or smartphone and practice yourself. Note: You do need to have a decent wifi connection.
Seminar leaders have been recruited and they will be getting training over the summer so they can present their seminars online as smoothly as possible.
The descriptions of those seminars will be available in a new and exciting catalog in early August. It will be emailed to members through Constant Contact and be accessible on this website. It will be user-friendly and dazzling to look at and use. A limited number of paper copies will be available. You will then be able to sign up for the seminars in early August through our regular online registration system.
What about the spring semester? No one knows what the world will be like by then, but we are planning for options. We don’t know whether it will be safe to return to the CSUS campus next spring. Therefore, we are actively pursuing a dual-track approach, which will provide members with the option to attend classes either on-campus, online, or both.
Track one assumes that our great live programs can resume at the university and other public venues as well (libraries, community centers, etc.). Track two is identifying teachers and subjects that lend themselves particularly well to online learning. In the best of all worlds, we will be able to offer our programs both live and online, giving members the ability to pick and choose the format that best suits their needs.