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Professor travels country while teaching classes remotely

Posted at 10:09 AM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-21 11:13:58-05

BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) — For many students, college is a time when it feels like they’re really starting to take their first solo steps on the road of life, but this past year has presented many roadblocks.

Troy Hale, a professor of practice at Michigan State University, says he's seen the way this past year has burdened his students.

“They’re at home, they’re not in class, they’re not with their friends, they’re not getting the kind of college experience and all those things," Hale said.

Hale doesn’t want his students to see this time as a stop in the journey, but maybe just a detour.

“I kind of looked at it in a different way," Hale said. "How do we take advantage of this?”

With the ability to pre-record his classes, Hale has decided to try out what he calls extreme remote learning. After fixing up a camper and loading up his cat, he set off to film his series “Professor on the Road”.

“I sent out a survey to all of my students and said ‘Where should I go on this trip?’" Hale explained. "And they all sent me all these ideas, and I stuck it all on a Google Map.”

Hale made a stop in Bellevue on Saturday to visit family, but will soon be heading west to explore all the pre-selected destinations while continuing to follow COVID-19 precautions.

He’s looking forward to returning to normal life soon, but is hoping to make the best of the current situation.

“I can’t wait to be back in a classroom with students and see them again, but until then, I’m going to try to do something to keep myself kind of entertained.”

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