Media shines spotlight on outdoor classes

Multiple outlets bring attention to safety-enhanced teaching approach during COVID-19 pandemic


As part of a multifaceted effort to provide students with the safest and most effective academic experience possible, Regis University has established 22 outdoor teaching spaces for use in pleasant weather during the fall semester.

Faculty members who choose to hold class outside may reserve the spaces to provide socially distanced learning in the fresh air of the Northwest Denver Campus. Each outdoor course has an indoor classroom associated with it, so faculty members may move classes to those socially distanced and sanitized indoor spaces if bad weather arises.

As of Aug. 19, about half of all classes within Regis College — one of the University's three colleges — were taking place outdoors, said Tom Bowie, Ph.D., dean of Regis College.

Click below to view media coverage of Regis' safe and effective approach to teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Aug. 17: Associate Professor Stacy Chamberlin spoke with Colorado Public Radio about our safety-enhancing outdoor classrooms. Start listening at the 7:25 mark.
  • Aug. 19: Professor Fred Gray, Provost Janet Houser and student Eric Novelo shared with 9News their perspectives on the success of outdoor class.
  • Aug. 26: Voices throughout the Regis community were featured in Chalkbeat's profile about Regis' unique approach to learning.
  • Sept. 3: Instructor Kyle Fleming's voice classes made it on 9News as part of a feature on Regis' use of an outdoor tent for music courses.