Whether teaching courses in-person or remotely, Grand Valley faculty members said it felt good to connect with students and reported a smooth start to the semester.
About 90 percent of the university's fall semester classes are being offered online or via hybrid, a key factor to decreasing campus density.
Roger Gilles, director of the Meijer Honors College and professor of writing, said students in his classes seemed glad to return to normal activities.
"Everyone is adjusting to the face coverings and social distancing," Gilles said. "We’re learning how to project our voices and use our eyes and eyebrows to smile and frown. Overall, I’d say that it felt a little less strange than I’d anticipated."
View more photos of the first week of classes here.