Coronavirus Forces Universities Online

from Inside Higher Ed

After celebrating the Lunar New Year earlier this month, thousands of students at U.S. universities in China have resumed classes. But the campuses are eerily quiet, and classrooms remain empty. That’s because classes have moved online in the wake of the coronavirus.

The transition from face-to-face to fully online wasn’t one leaders at institutions such as Duke Kunshan University and New York University Shanghai had planned for. Preparing to teach a course online for the first time usually takes several months. Faculty at institutions in China have done it in less than three weeks — a remarkable feat.

“It’s been highly stressful, but at the same time, the clarity of the crisis has brought us together,” said Clay Shirky, vice provost for educational technologies at NYU in New York, who was part of the team that helped colleagues at NYU Shanghai launch their courses online.

Faced with the decision to either close the Shanghai campus and suspend teaching indefinitely or try and keep students on track, leaders at NYU chose the latter, said Shirky. “It took us a while to realize that we really needed to move the semester online,” he said. “Looking back, I wish we had made the call a little earlier.”

Hopeful that students would be able to return to campus after the holidays, NYU Shanghai planned to reopen on Feb. 3. When travel restrictions were introduced, the semester’s start date was pushed to Feb. 10. Then the Chinese Ministry of Education ordered universities across the nation not to reopen their doors, leaving faculty with a tight deadline to move classes online.

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70 Responses to Coronavirus Forces Universities Online

  1. Angel S. March 6, 2020 at 10:50 pm #

    The coronavirus is spreading across the world at an extremely fast rate, with the United States encountering over 300 cases and 15 deaths. Worldwide, there are over 100,000 cases and the number of cases only seems to be growing more each day ( In New Jersey, as of today, we have 4 confirmed cases of those infected with coronavirus ( With this is mind, it is scary to think about the effects that it can have on so many aspects of life. This article highlighted an issue that affects my fellow peers and I in the sense that this epidemic could change the way we continue our studies this semester. Earlier in the course, we talked about the business affects that coronavirus was inflicting on the world and China, but something that this article brings to light is the issues that impact the youth. If an area is to get a case of coronavirus, it was most certainly close down for the time being to prevent an outbreak. This could lead to professors rushing or learning to move the courses to online classes and lecture, something that can be a hard transition for everyone. I think seeing schools prepare for the worst is important, and something that every school should have in mind. As college students, we are paying a lot of money for our education, so universities should prepare professors for the worst case and continue the curriculum as expected in the syllabus. The outbreak of coronavirus could also impact how admitted students pick out the university or school to attend for the next four years. If a school gets a case on their campus and they are forced to close, this would have a negative impact on their admissions. Depending on how the school handles the situation, many students would not accept their admission and look elsewhere. Additionally, students already enrolled may transfer, which could impact retention rates and hurt the business aspect of that school.
    ` I think this article also makes one consider how prepared and how willing universities are to provide adequate resources to students to continue their studies in cases where they have to close down. If some foreign students are abroad, they must bring them back from areas where coronavirus is spreading rapidly. If one is stuck in another country and cannot come back so soon, the universities must be open to allow them to take online courses from their or do a foreign study for credit or even some form of study abroad ( . I think this article was very eye opening about the reality of coronavirus and how it will impact people of our age. Only time will tell if this will do away or whether this country’s college systems are prepared to adequately handle a situation that would require them to close.

  2. David B March 6, 2020 at 10:50 pm #

    The coronavirus has been impacting the nation worldwide and affecting people in their everyday lives. The deadly disease broke out in China and has been directly impacting education especially U.S universities. With the disease outbreak this has forced Universities with Chinese branches to be forced to go online. Universities such as Duke Kunshan University and the New York University Shanghai were forced to make this quick change online and the league officials at the University were not planned for this. The most impressive thing from the whole transition to in person to online by these Universities was how these professors had to make the adjustment and teach online classes for the first time. Another interesting feature about the whole situation was how this brought the teachers and students at the universities together were a virus like this was putting fear and hopelessness in many people around the world. I admire what Clay Shirky said “It’s been highly stressful, but at the same time, the clarity of the crisis has brought us together”. To not be broken and lose total control of a University and to keep learning going is very impressive. For example, the professors at NYU Shanghai were a little hesitant to go online and were uneasy to make the transition but they are doing a tremendous job at keeping the students engaged and providing an alternative positive learning environment.
    The coronavirus has been detrimental all across the United States and I have even been taking precautions against the disease. The attitude from school officials was very positive and did not lose hope at all even though most students from these universities came from different time zones and are located all across the world. Technology has played a pivotal role in this whole transition since without the use of computers and teaching via online communication would be impossible ten years ago. I was very surprised that “Through webinars, specially-created online resources, one-on-one consultations, drop-in online office hours and many, many emails, an international team worked with NYU Shanghai faculty to move almost 500 classes online”. The ability to move 500 classes online just shows how powerful and intelligent the people and universities are. With all the negative the disease is bringing worldwide the Universities are finding all the positives from the situation. The way moving online classes will benefit teachers and add a new teaching method to their repertoire and has overall made them better teachers.
    I really liked what Danille B said as she stated “I think that this solution is a great way to prioritize students’ safety as well as their education”. The main focus in a disease outbreak like this is to make sure the students and faculty are safe and healthy than comes the education factor. The ability for Universities to continue the classes and not having to halt them is definitely a great move. The hopeful solution is the disease will be cured and students cna then go back to the daily routine of class and the whole world can go back to their daily activities and take a normal breath again. The ability to move online is an opportunity to not let the coronavirus take over the daily lives of college students. Seniors who are on the verge to graduate can now move forward and still have the ability to follow through with their lives as the disease is taking lives by the day. I am really curious to see what will happen if the coronavirus takes more precedent in the United States and how the Universities will act here. I am personally more cautious with watching my hands and what I am making contact with in public. The ability of technology has provided significance in this terrible situation and hopefully there will be a solution to the coronavirus soon.

  3. Juan Gonzalez March 7, 2020 at 5:27 pm #

    In 2020 a outbreak of respiratory illness now called COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, took China and the globe by surprise. In the span of a few months the virus has spread to surrounding countries such as Italy, Spain, France and more. More recently, the COVID-19 has infected citizens within the United States. The first confirmed case within the states was reported to be in California and a week later another case was confirmed in the east coast. There are now 300 confirmed cases in New York City. Needless to say this pandemic is taking the globe by storm. There are more than 50,000 confirmed cases globally and over 2,000 confirmed deaths, stats that continue to rise by the minute. It is worth mentioning that the virus does not only impact human life. COVID-19 has also crippled various industries who have focused manufacturing, supply chain, as well as travel and tourism operations centered in China and other areas who are now being disrupted. As this is being written there plants, manufacturing facilities, and offices that have been completely empty for weeks as companies are mandating employees to work from home. As a result of industry disruption, the ripple effects have taken a huge toll on global economics which is evident as one examines the Dow Jones, Nas100, and USoil stock’s bearish momentum over the past couple of weeks. Just as a recap, within the past couple of months the COVID-19 has had a significant impact on human life, industry disruption, and overall global economics but it does not stop there.

    This article presents a new issue that will begin to affect students in continuing studies programs. Universities geographically located near the initial outbreak have been either forced to push class start dates post break, completely suspend courses for the semester, or transition all courses to be completed online. This article specifically discusses how “leaders at institutions such as Duke Kunshan University and New York University Shanghai,” have transitioned classes to be moved “online in the wake of the coronavirus.” According to the article, these institutions were able to make this transition in the matter of a few weeks by utilizing their technological capabilities which is a tremendous feat considering “an international team worked with NYU Shanghai faculty to move almost 500 classes online,” in the span of three weeks. Moreover, not only was time and immense pressure but that coupled with the lack of experienced online instructors made the decision to pull the plug on the transition more difficult. All in all, according to this article the trade-off would have been disrupting thousands of students’ education. Taking into account that this pandemic will most likely not be controlled for a significant amount of time I believe the best option was to put in the time to transition all courses online.

    In addition, this topic stood out to me because this could very well occur on my home campus, Rider University. It is one thing to write about the struggles or current events that are happening thousands of miles away from me and a completely different thing to experience this first hand. This week, my university has sent out a warning email detailing the confirmation of the virus in the state of New Jersey. As a graduating senior I would hate for this pandemic to cause a sudden halt in my last semester which will then affect my post-graduation career start date. This is why I believe the leaders at both Duke Kunshan University and New York University Shanghai made the correct decision to transition all courses online, although it was certainly an expensive and time-consuming process.

  4. Dylan Quinn March 8, 2020 at 3:15 pm #

    The coronavirus has caused widespread panic to ensue in people around the world. Countless amounts of doctors and governments are all attempting to find the best way to control the spread of this new virus, and ultimately discover a cure for the more than 100,000 people who have contracted the virus. The main problem with the virus, which has allowed it to spread so rapidly, is the very short mutation rate and a long incubation period. The incubation period even allows the virus to remain undetected for up to two weeks, all the while the host will still be able to transfer the virus to others. Due to people’s concerns about the virus, we are seeing a large push for minimum human contact.
    Businesses are asking their employees to work from home, conferences are being canceled, and many colleges in the areas of the outbreak are transitioning to having their classes be taught online. For places such as mainland China, where there are currently 80,000 cases and counting transitioning to online classes is a great idea. It will allow there to be less spread of the disease due to the less interaction between people. While the technology is there to transition to online classrooms, this way of teaching is not tested. There are not many studies on the effectiveness of this teaching method. Form personal experiences I can say that there are some classes that are very difficult to learn in an online setting. Students are able to get much more information out of a classroom setting rather than teaching the information to themselves on a computer. This way of teaching, however, if perfected, will become the way of the future. The ability to teach online classes effectively will allow colleges to cut down on many of there costs and will give them the ability to admit many more students than ever before. This could ultimately reduce the prices of many colleges, making it more affordable for individuals to gain a college education.

  5. Lauren M March 9, 2020 at 1:09 am #

    This article discusses the coronavirus and how it is affecting the education system worldwide. The disease broke out in China and is impacting U.S. universities, as some of the universities have branches in China, such as Duke Kunshan University and New York University Shanghai. These universities had to quickly adjust to online learning, as the disease has forced classes to be taught online instead of in-person.
    I think that it is really great how fast the university’s in China were able to transition to online learning, especially since preparing to teach an online course for the first time takes several months, and eighty-eight percent of faculty did not have any previous experience teaching online. Something that caught my attention is the statement that Jace Hargis, the director of the NYU Shanghai Teaching and Learning Center said, which is that “‘ten years ago, we wouldn’t have been able to do this – – the technology wasn’t there
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    ’”. As someone that has grown up around technology, I would not have thought about the idea of there not being technology. Without technology, the universities would either have had to cancel all classes or put students and faculty at a higher risk of coronavirus.
    In my opinion, there are both pros and cons to online learning. As a pro, it is nice that a student can learn from anywhere that they would like, and do not have to be in the physical classroom. Another pro is that a student can learn at his or her own pace, so he or she can rewind slides or lectures as needed. A con about online learning is that professors and students have to adjust to online teaching and learning. Online teaching and learning are very different from in-class learning, as I believe that it is not as personal. I have noticed that it is much more difficult to get to know professors or fellow classmates over a computer, versus being in class with them. I also think that it is different from in-class learning because a student has to wait to hear back from a professor if he or she emails the professor with questions regarding a course topic or homework assignment. If the student is in class, he or she can ask his or her professor during the class and would immediately get a response from him or her. Another con to online learning is technology issues. Having issues with technology is inevitable, as issues can occur with Wi-Fi or the computer itself. At times these issues are uncontrollable and can affect a student’s ability to submit an assignment on time.
    Overall, I do think that the best decision was to transition in-person courses to online courses, as students are still able to receive their education and graduate on time. This article stood out to me because the coronavirus is now in New Jersey and is coming closer to my university. I predict that my university will eventually have to transition to online classes as well, and it is nice to know that there are other options than cancelling class altogether.

  6. Mike W March 11, 2020 at 8:43 am #

    The spread of the coronavirus has impacted many facets of countless individuals lives, but the ability of Universities to adapt their programs to be accessible online is helping bridge the gap for students affected. This transition has begun in schools in China, including Duke Kunshan University and New York University Shanghai. It is expected as the virus spreads globally, that more Universities worldwide will follow suit. In the Chinese Universities situation, the ability to transform in person curriculum into online in a short amount of time is an extraordinary feat, especially because online schooling for degree level work is rare. Initially, these institutions faced many problems with the virus spreading, but the paramount issue was if they would either close or suspend classes indefinitely. Fortunately for students, the initiative to not hinder their educational progress, leaders made the decision to have the professors prepare and be able to take the classes online.
    An interesting point highlighted in this article was the ability and willingness of the universities and professors to continue with their student’s education in the only way possible. The concept of online schooling is quite common in the United States and is viewed as another feasible way to get an education. The rarity of online classes for Universities in China is the interesting area and the plausibility of it being successful and catching on is intriguing. Many of these professors, eighty eight percent, not having experience with online teaching previously is incredible and adds to the impressive feat that they have been able to perform in less than three weeks. The coronavirus has made these Universities much more adaptable and capable of taking advantage of the technology we have at our disposal.
    The article offered an intriguing insight into the differences in approach to degree level learning, which was caused by the influx of coronavirus cases and the precautions that came along with it. We have seen in the United States similar school closings and guidance for professors to take their classes online. It is incredible to think of how far we have come, especially with the technological advances, that we are able to resume many aspects of our life, even in the wake of the coronavirus. The temporary adjustment to include online learning, especially for China, may hold true for future changes and overall support for online schooling. How we adapt and adjust to situations such as the spread of the coronavirus, will be evident to what the future may hold for us.

  7. Bart L March 11, 2020 at 12:45 pm #

    With the Coronavirus rapidly spreading, many large organizations including universities, are starting to withdraw from their normal day to day activities to prevent as much human interaction as possible. Classes are being moved online and even spring break for schools are being extended, for example Rider University states, “We are extending spring break for an additional week through March 27”. Living in New Jersey and seeing all the colleges and universities adapting to new virus spreading, shows how the public is reacting and reveals the scope of the entire situation. Many schools are already suspending the rest of their semester to ensure the safety of their students and to keep in line with their values to keep communities safe. With people’s health being vulnerable, drastic measures are being taken such as canceling any form of gathering of people to prevent the further spread of this virus. With many corporate meetings cancelled and other important conferences being either postponed or terminated, a strong shift to technology has taken place. Every form of alternative for these gatherings are being held through the internet such as conference calls or webinars. Schools are pressured to continue the progress of their classes and now have to shift into online courses. A problem arises where teachers do not have the sufficient knowledge and resources to flip their entire schedules at such a short notice while maintaining the integrity of their lessons and still being effective to the students.

    I feel that a virus with such negative potential, these organizations are doing the right thing to keep their communities and the rest of the world safe. By taking these measures to limit human interactions and to provide the least risk to people, shows how conscious these decisions are. Companies are now following the standard procedures of the CDC such as, “Stay home, Avoid Public Areas, Avoid Public Transportation”(, to ensure the health of their employees and even customers. Looking at all these measures being done from these corporations will drastically reduce the spread of his virus and even cause a faster recovery for the world.

  8. Wasima Rashid March 11, 2020 at 3:47 pm #

    Coronavirus is spreading too quickly around the world. According to, “The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 95 countries and territories around the world. There are 125,620 active cases and 4,605 deaths recorded across the world till now.” It is becoming a global issue and a vital threat for all of the people throughout each nation. The major problem is that Corona is a contagious disease and harder to detect. As there are no vaccinations for Corona is available right now, so the recovery capabilities of a person only depend on the immune system of a person. For that reason, it is most dangerous for older people. According to the Guardian, “The number of confirmed cases has risen rapidly since the respiratory virus emerged in December. There has been speculation that the outbreak spread from a wildlife market in Wuhan.” The health experts are warning that if the Covid-19 cannot be controlled right now, it’s going to harm two-thirds of the world populations.
    The outbreak of Corona is affecting people’s normal lives activities. The thing which is getting harmed most is the education system. We all are witnessing that the various schools and colleges are closing down in the affected countries, such as China, Japan, Iran, Italy, Iraq, North Korea, India, U.S., etc. Some schools or colleges are moving in online too. This article is talking about how the classes are moving online in the wake of the coronavirus in China. It’s not easy to move all onsite courses online in a short time. Surprisingly, the faculties got a better response from the students when the Chinese Ministry of Education ordered universities across the nation to take the classes online rather than onsite.
    In current situations, most of the students and faculties could be stuck in several countries because of travel restrictions, and it is better to avoid public places for a person if he/she lives in an unsafe area. So, I believe it is a smart idea to move classes online because it can grab people from remote places. As we know that some people don’t like to take courses online, so the faculty has to be responsive and have to make the class more enjoyable to satisfy students. I have taken a lot of courses online. So, from my personal experience, I can tell that success in online classes totally depends on the better content or material and response times of the professor.

  9. Trevor Olivas March 12, 2020 at 5:02 pm #

    Everything is unpredictable in the world today. As of today, various things within the world have been either suspended or completely canceled due to the coronavirus. This global pandemic has spread over the globe over the past few months. It is finally affecting the United States population after originating in Wuhan, China and spreading throughout parts of Asia and Europe. Coronavirus outbreak attacks the immune system of those infected. The virus is only lethal to newborns and those of early adolescents as well as the elderly. However, the biggest concern is the easy ability for the virus to spread from person to person. It only takes one person to infect almost anyone that they come into contact with. Additionally, infection symptoms are not immediate as they can remain dormant within someone’s body for up to five days. Large attendance events such as the college basketball march madness tournament and almost all sporting leagues have either been postponed or canceled in the foreseeable future. However, large population places like colleges and universities across the United States have been greatly impacted. University administration is faced with the difficult decision of finding a solution as to what to do for the rest of the remaining school year. There is a fear that everyone in the university, more specifically student residents, will become an easy target for the coronavirus to spread faster. While the conditions of living are fine, the close-quarter nature of residents halls makes students easily susceptible to contracting the virus. The amount of time that it will take to find a remedy is unknown but is projected to take months to a year. With all these factors taken into account, universities are starting to cancel in-person classes and move to online schooling on a week to week basis. In some cases, an unknown amount of time has forced some schools to move to strictly online classes for the rest of the semester. Out of state students have to plan out courses of action on whether to stay in-state or move back home until further notice. Further, universities deal with having to figure out the financials of moving to online classes. Moving to online classes for the remainder of the school year forces the school to find methods of potentially having to pay back all on-campus residents for the room and board fees students pay to live on campus. On a national scale, colleges all over the united states have moved to online classes. Economically, the economy is taking a huge hit as it is the worst it has ever been since 2008. Many people may be out of jobs temporarily or even permanently. What will come of this in the future? Unfortunately, the whole world is staring into the face of the unknown.

  10. Robert Adelson March 12, 2020 at 10:11 pm #

    The COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, is a serious problem. It started in China and now has spread rapidly all around the world. The coronavirus is a respiratory disease, according to the World Health Organization it is zoonotic, meaning it is transmitted between animals and people. The diseases has had many effects on things around the world like sports and even colleges, which is what this article talks about. It talks the effect it has had on college campuses. Universities, such as Duke Kunshan University and New York University Shanghai, have transitioned from face-to-face classes to online classes. Our advancement and evolution with technology has come at a good time because this is a good way to prevent the spreading of the virus. Not only does this protect the students, but it also allows them to still progress in their class. Obviously the transition will not be smooth, there are big differences between in person and online. As a student, I can say that switching from in person to online classes will definitely be difficult. Learning in a classroom with other students is something I have done my whole life. Having individual conversations with my classmates and professors during class is something that always occurs naturally. With classes being online it is less likely that this will be able to happen. It will clearly by a difficult adjustment, I am sure I am not the only student that feels this way as well. Both the professors and students will have to adjust together to make the most of their class. Universities, here on U.S soil, have taken their own protective and safety measures. Rowan University and Montclair State University are examples of two universities here in New Jersey who have extended their spring breaks due to the spread of the coronavirus. Universities like ours, Seton Hall, and others have switched to online classes now or are preparing to do so after their spring break. The virus is not going to just magically disappear. It is already taking over and shutting down the entire world of sports every minute. We will have to do whatever we can to stay safe and make the necessary adjustments. Online classes is away of doing so; we are protecting our classmates and professors from any potential harm.

  11. Derek J March 12, 2020 at 10:46 pm #

    Three months into 2020, the coronavirus has taken the world by storm. At first, I was not too worried about the situation. I myself was thinking that it would slow down in the near future. However, that does not seem to be the case. As of March 12, 2020, the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly on virtually each continent that people live on. The coronavirus is a fast-growing pandemic that has not only affected the lives of many, but now has the potential to impact my life seeing how it has made its way to the US. I found this article both interesting and alarming because of how much it relates to my current situation. Due to how fast the virus is spreading in the U.S., mass gatherings and social/sports events are being canceled or shutdown nationwide. In addition to those, schools are also being impacted. I am currently a senior at Rider University who may potentially have to take the remainder of my spring classes online because of the impact this virus has caused. As of now, our spring break has already been extended by one week, and we patiently await the decision to see whether we will return to campus after the break. Being a senior, this is something that I do not want to hear. I would prefer to enjoy my last semester on campus as opposed to being quarantined at home. Also, some classes are just not meant to be integrated as online classes, so this would make that specific class much harder to deal with. Overall, I hope the situations begins to deescalate very soon.

  12. Steven Kang March 13, 2020 at 2:50 pm #

    The closing remarks stood out to me the most: “’The first thing I thought when I heard the campuses were closed was that this could be a real opportunity for us,’ said Feldstein. ‘Often we’re slowed down by processes that we don’t even question anymore. This allowed us to look at everything in a new light,’” and I could not agree more. From me, a percentage of my teachers prefer an old-school way of teaching, while the other percentage is making the transition to using technology-driven teaching. Personally, I think that all teachers should be educated and be able to teach online at a moments notice. This article uses Duke Kushan University and NYU Shanghai as examples of how institutions are making the leap to online. The information is very exciting as it could give us an outline of what education could be like in the next decade. Unsurprisingly, many could make the argument that the transition could be difficult for educators. The article states, “Initial student feedback has been good, and faculty members report feeling increasingly confident in their ability to teach online, he said. The vast majority of faculty — 88 percent — did not have significant experience teaching online previously,” and how they were anxious when teaching at first. The article also talks about some of the functions online learning allows students to do. A professor recalls, “’We suggested a lot of things to try and create a caring classroom culture online,’ said Hargis. Rolla created an introductory video walking students through the syllabus. He then asked each student to make a video introducing themselves.” This yielded successful results with one student talking about how he preferred it over a traditional setting. This could have many uses such as allowing students to attend class if they are sick or are anxious to be in the presence of others. As a commuting student, I would definitely appreciate some days where I could just take class in the comfort of my own home. Even if they do transition back into the traditional classroom environment after the Corona virus pandemic is over, it will be beneficial for educators to have this ready to go in case of any other possible emergencies.

  13. cameron santers March 13, 2020 at 4:51 pm #

    This article discusses how the coronavirus has affected universities with Chinese branches across the United States. U.S. universities in China had resumed classes after the holiday, however the campuses were quiet and vacant. This is due to the wake of the coronavirus, which had forced universities to make quick decisions and plans to move classes online. The article states “preparing to teach a course online for the first time usually takes several months. Faculty at institutions in China have done it in less than three weeks.” It truly is remarkable how quickly these universities have made these changes, with the rapid advancements of the virus. However, this article was written back in February, and it may have only been less than a month ago, the virus had spread to several other countries, with thousands of cases. It has become a worldwide outbreak and epidemic. Now, not only are universities with ties to China switching to online, but other U.S. universities, entire townships, high schools, etc. are completely switching to online as well. For example, Rider initially extended our spring break an extra week, with no classes, so the university and the faculty can prepare to switch to online classes, as well as conduct deep cleaning. In their email, it states “we strongly encourage all resident students who are able to return home to do so and stay home until further notice.” And as of today, classes are scheduled to resume after the extended spring break will move to remote and alternative instruction beginning March 30 and will continue for at least two weeks, through April 10. In my opinion, it is crazy how fast universities and schools have adapted to the growth of this virus. Also, many college sports for the spring season has been cancelled, such as March Madness. There have also been suspensions on professional sports until a certain date and fans have been prohibited to attend these games. I understand that all of these situations are cautious measures, but I feel as though it is a bit extreme. The fact that I can’t go to Stop and Shop, or any other food store, to buy things such as a case of water, pasta, toilet paper, or hand sanitizer, because it is all sold out, is absurd. The coronavirus is now not only affecting schooling but it is negatively affecting the economy, businesses, and people have gone into a state of panic.

  14. Pablo G. March 14, 2020 at 1:55 pm #

    The coronavirus has impacted different sectors, including education, our institutions, and protocols have been activated to prevent the spread of the virus. Many students no longer attend university due to the pandemic situation we are in, the aggravating factor is that the number will increase as the disease reaches more cities and countries.

    Although classes at universities have not yet been canceled in the country, several institutions have already taken preventive measures such as the cancellation of degree ceremonies and international travel, the suspension of massive academic events. They are also promoting the use of virtual tools, antibacterial dispensers, and covid-19 training. Seeking to prevent the coronavirus from limiting the academic activities of universities, several technology companies have announced that they can offer their services free to educational communities.

    Finally, several schools are already using virtual platforms to develop classes and assignments, but now the use of these tools will be deepened even more, as they will serve to make up the days of physical attendance for classes that will be lost in March.

  15. Vasilios T Moustakis March 14, 2020 at 3:38 pm #

    I apologize, for I have little sympathy for teachers who do not know how to use the online resources given to them by their respective schools, even before coronavirus took over public schooling. Those teachers who didn’t bother to use online resources are now in a predicament parallel to a student writing an essay the day before it is due. Personally, my grades in classes are more dependent on the availability of resources rather than the actual workload or difficulty of concepts. It is a mutual relationship; so long as the teacher makes apparent the explanations, texts, and assignments, then I have the tools to fulfill my end and prove my understanding of the subject.
    Supposedly, this concept is not completely understood by all teachers, as they do not really know how to use computers. It is in the midst of this pandemic that they can realize how to properly synchronize the teaching of the pen, paper, and voice with online teaching systems.
    Ultimately, I believe that the nationwide quarantine will induce a renaissance of overall teaching. Students will produce better work, teachers will use online resources more effectively, and feedback between both sides will constantly improve teaching/learning strategy.

  16. Tilman Pitcher March 15, 2020 at 4:04 pm #

    So, obviously online classes is now something that we as Seton Hall students are going to have to get used to. This article talks on the troubles and issues that brings up. To me, I think for the vast majority of classes there will be little to no change. Despite your altered perspective, Professor Shannon, as someone who teaches discussion and participation heavy classes, the majority of the University’s professors in my opinion are mostly there to offer up the powerpoint slides and answer questions. These two things are very easy to keep up over Microsoft Teams for example.

    So to me, for the most part, the actual learning part of college is going to remain relatively unchanged. Some classes that are heavily discussion based will most likely suffer, but I would wager that the majority of classes in college are going to be effectively the same. There is something to be said for the fact however, that college is about more than just learning. College is an experience in growth and independence, and a lot of students are being sent back home and living with their parents as if they were in high school again (this includes me). Personally, this feels like a huge drawback in my life. As far as I was concerned, I was enjoying the experience of feeling like an actual adult in my adult age. So to me, the true loss because of online classes lies within my lost independence.

    These are of course small sacrifices to make in the name of public safety.

  17. Natasha DeSandre March 23, 2020 at 2:18 pm #

    Universities in China are not the only institutions going online. Universities across the U.S. as well as younger educational institutions are also being placed online due to COVID-19. While moving online would seem like a great idea, students have to take control of their education and build a schedule that revolves around completing assignments rather than going to class. Students have to put in extra work to learn the material, which is not a bad thing but takes more time. Trying to learn any major without direct contact with a professor can be difficult, however due to advancements in technology students are able to have contact with professors more than ever.
    Students need to be mindful that not all professors and teachers are excellent at using technology. Some institutions are offering an extra week of spring break. This allows universities to help professors understand how to go online and teach a class ultimately. This can be challenging conditions professors have their lesson plans completed and expected to be teaching in class rather than online. So while students are making the adjustments to online classes, professors are too.
    With going online many students are hoping to change the grading from letter grading to pass or fail options. This should not be enforced. Students taking an online course should be putting in the same amount of effort as taking the class in person. Students can move at their own pace and get a letter grade that they earn based on that effort. Students should want to say they got a certain letter grade in a class rather than saying they passed the class. Saying you passed a class could mean you only completed assignments at average. Meanwhile some students could have put so much effort that they should have gotten an A but instead received passing. No matter the education, online or in person, we all need to gain something from our education to be successful in the future. We should be taking this time to put more effort into our education.

  18. Frank Christiano March 27, 2020 at 5:01 pm #

    The coronavirus pandemic is impacting universities all over the United States and even other countries. Due to how dangerous the virus is and how easily people are becoming infected from one another, universities in the U.S and all around the world have been taking action moving classes taking place during the spring semester to remote instruction online. Some students may feel as if moving classes to a remote online instruction may help them in many ways. Meanwhile, there are many students who feel as if online instruction may not help them in how now they need to make a schedule around when to complete assignments rather then having their normal set schedule of classes each day of the week. There are many pros and cons about both sides of students opinions weather it is them wanting online classes or not. For example, students may enjoy online classes as they are now home from college and can complete assignments whenever they feel is the appropriate time during their day to complete them. Currently, it is to the students advantage to have online instruction as most college students are quarantined inside their homes with their families as most of the country is currently shut down. On the other hand however, there are many students who do not enjoy the idea of online instruction. As mostly all faculty and professors know, every student learns in many different ways weather it is in person or online. Some students have mentioned how they have never taken an online class before and don’t know what to expect. This could be a huge learning curve for students who sign up for in person lectures rather then taking 5 to 6 classes over the computer. Different classes have a certain level of difficulty for each student. For instance, math courses such as statistics or accounting are known to be more difficult in person classes, so how would it benefit the student by having them take that math course online now? To add to the struggles that some students may have transferring to online instruction, it also puts a load of pressure on professors as some professors do not use the universities websites such as canvas. Personally, 3 out of my 6 courses I am currently taking have no instructions, grades, or files in canvas. My professors in those specific classes tend to not have the same experience or knowledge of technology then my other 3 professors seem to have. So how exactly are professors supposed to adapted to online instruction when they do not tend to use technology to teach their courses? There are many obstacles and challenges that are gonna go into universities switching the spring semester into mandatory online instruction, and I am very curious to see how it all turns out once the semester starts back up again.

  19. Cameron Nuessle March 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm #

    Nobody would have imagined the effect of this pandemic to be so severe that it causes most universities across the globe to move to online classes for the rest of the semester. It is very stressful for students and professors to move to online classes immediately and has taken its toll because many of us were not properly prepared for a virus like this to travel worldwide. Although this pandemic has had a series of horrible effects on our citizens, I agree with the article that this has brought us closer together to help one another persevere through this tragic time. The move to go online might have been a little delayed in some eyes but at the time we were not fully informed with the severity of what we are facing. After celebrating the Lunar New Year, China Universities have started to resume classes but these classes were expectedly very empty considering the success of maintaining social distancing and moving online. The Chinese Ministry of Education ordered universities across the nation not to reopen their doors which was a smart move in hindsight considering the rate of infection going through the roofs in the months of January/February. This online transition has gone more smoothly then expected especially in BLAW since we took the correct steps to educate one another in how to use platforms which ended up being very useful and time saving. Flight restrictions have posed many problems for students commuting from out of country and have essentially left some people stranded. Being more prepared for something like this will minimize these problems the next time problems like these arise. Technology has made this online transition more smooth because I could only imagine the effect this pandemic would have on universities in the past that didn’t have these alternatives options to learn and stay in touch through digital platforms. This new way of leaning has had positive feedback among most of my classmates and is an effective alternative that we have found. Participation is something that has thrived in the wake of the coronavirus. Being able to learn and maintain safety is very important in ensuring success and is the main goal of moving classes online.

  20. SergioA April 2, 2020 at 1:16 pm #

    The impact of coronavirus or COVID-19 is being devastating worldwide. I think many people, myself included, thought that this new virus that everyone was talking about at the beginning of the year was not that important and was not going to be close to a pandemic. I thought this virus was going to be something like Ebola, bird flu or influenza A. Diseases that, although they have hit a large part of the population and are lethal, did not have the worldwide impact that COVID-19 is having. Currently, a large part of the world’s population is isolated in their homes due to the high contagious power of this virus. This has caused universities to close their campuses and switch all their classes to the online system. Reading the article dated 2/28/2020, we can see the optimism that was present as it mentions Hopeful that students would be able to return to campus after the holidays, NYU Shanghai planned to reopen on Feb. 3. As of today, 4/2/2020, we can see that unfortunately, we have not been able to return to classes after the holidays and have been forced to finish the rest of the semester online. Although it is a new and complicated measure, I think it was the best and only thing I could do since going back to school is not feasible today.

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