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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  1. Late in 2019, another new deadly pandemic began in China due to the unsatisfactory conditions of disease prevention and control in the country. Already in 2020, there have been near one hundred thousand cases and thousands of casualties with the death toll seemingly rising every day, leaving many to wonder if quite possibly this disease can even be stopped. With the disease spreading and the global fear of it increasing, flights in and out of China have been canceled; in China, numerous measures have been taken to halt the disease’s progress, such as closing the country’s universities. The article by Inside Higher ED titled Coronavirus Forces Universities Online discusses two university’s (Duke and NYU) attempts to combat the issue of closed universities so that their students can still learn even though schools are closed. The article states how the universities were “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”. By moving these classes online, the students are still able to learn and won’t get stuck behind so that they have to make up classes a later date when the pandemic has been quelled. Being a college student myself self I feel that the innovative steps that the universities have taken utilizing their resources is an excellent idea because, as a student, the absolute last thing you want is a delay in your education. Due in part because with classes being pushed to the summer, you miss out on internship possibility’s or with school being delayed so much that your graduation date is pushed back. You end up spending more time in school, making it so that it takes longer to get you into the working world and make meaningful contributions to society. Therefore, the initiative of the Duke and NYU to go to online line class is not only great for the schools because classes resume, but it is also great for the students because they aren’t forced to put their education on hold. Now for the time being things are working out just fine because as the article stated “Online learning at the degree level has long been restricted in China because of concerns about regulation and quality, but Ministry of Education rules have been relaxed to ensure students “keep learning, even with classes suspended”. However, China is an authoritarian country with very harsh rules regarding online learning, leaving me to wonder quite possible if this initiative of being able to teach online will still be allowed to happen even after the pandemic has been halted. Or if China will end up retreating back to its old’s ways with online education becoming glory days of education in China (as many students and teachers alike have enjoyed its use) to never be returned to again.

  2. COVID-19 better known as the Coronavirus, has been rapidly spreading towards various parts of the world and taking people’s lives in the process. The virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China and has affected thousands in mainland China and making its way across the globe. Universities are filled with thousands of people who utilize the same rooms, furniture, etc. every single day. This means that if someone were to be infected on a campus, it would be extremely easy to accidentally spread the infection if someone is not aware that they have it. The deadly virus that has caused an international epidemic is causing airports to close and thousands of people being quarantined to prevent the spreading.

    University boards are pressured to assure their students’ safety, usually by sending out emails and notifications ensuring that they are taking preventative measures. However some American universities located in China have been forced to decide between halting all classes or coming up with a solution that would allow students to continue studying but in an environment that would not potentially put students at risk. Various universities such as NYU have implemented only online classes so that students can continue their education but not be in such a congested environment where the virus could spread.

    I think that this solution is a great way to prioritize students’ safety as well as their education. There are many classes that are difficult to take online and there are some professors and students with no online class experience, which requires them to learn and completely change their assignments, etc. However, halting a semester unexpectedly would cost thousands and thousands of dollars in lost scholarships, tuition, etc. By making classes online, it introduces a new environment to those who do not have online class experience, which is a positive experience since it is 2020 and online classes are on the rise.

    The solution is a win-win in a horrible situation because by halting classes indefinitely, it would most likely cause an uproar by those who are so close to graduate and want to continue their education and professional career. When the virus is contained and it is deemed safe for the universities to reopen, they would have to plan a smooth transition but it would be better than indefinitely closing the university altogether.

  3. When you think about colleges moving classes online, it does not seem like too much of a big deal considering the nature of technology and its integration within education. Usually this move online is thought about and planed out in advanced to serve the purposes of convenience and availability for everyone. In this case however the planning period was drastically cut due to the necessity to go online. The widely spreading Corona virus caused the shift to bring classes online at many of the universities in China. This is to keep the students and faculty safer against the virus. It has come to the point where it is no longer just the universities in China though. More and more schools in the U.S and other countries are beginning the shift online and cancelled many of their study abroad trips in attempt to stop the spread of the virus. The ability to quickly transfer online allows this process to be successful, with programs like Slack, Microsoft Teams, and other video conferencing software aids the transition. Being able to protect the students and faculty was of utmost importance for the universities, so the necessity to go online fully was the number one priority. I think that the ability to do this with such ease is one of the best features of technology and could allude to how education will be done in the future. The implementation of these technology software’s into our classroom experience is the best way to have the student’s and faculty prepared in case of events like this. Also, to be overall more technologically literate and have the ability to use these technologies in the future.

  4. With the outbreak of the corona virus in china now being a threat all across the world will of course not only threaten the safety of colligate students but people of every age. Seeing china move colligate education to an online basis during this terrible time in their history. In such a short span of time they have been able to continue education through these means. To me I think this is just another push to put more and more education through technology. I think the next big leap of education would be the decline of a classroom setting as it will be replaced with video conferences and the rise of an internet classroom. Apps like Microsoft teams and slack will become more prominent as more and more educators will begin to go to them as a means of education and communication. I think that because then for colleges, attendance rates will be based on the number of students enrolled in the online course won’t have to either commute from home or move miles away to gain an education. The cost could fluctuate based on how many classes the student is enrolled in each class as opposed to what we pay for now (the running of the facility). Reading the reviews that were in this article make it more of a possibility as students are enjoying the idea of online courses, faculty are beginning to gain a grasp and feeling more confident in their ability to get the message across. Today there is a vast number of tutorials, guides, step by step, and explanations of topics just on youtube itself. Today a student no longer has to wait to the next day to ask a question about number 10 on the homework, they are able to just type it into google. The answer as well as explanations, and step by step guides on how to solve a problem like it if not the exact problem. Being a part of generation Z, the internet has always been a part of my education either through in class videos for remembering Spanish words or going to youtube to understand chemistry. In all honesty I think that online education will become pushed more as the time goes on. In this case I think the corona virus expedited the process, but it was always going to happen. This has been happening since the very beginning of the introduction of computers to education. Writing essays is no longer something to do by hand, or on a typewriter it done through a computer. A computer also checks if the essay has been plagiarized, plus as students we no longer have to print out an essay to bring to class because it just needs to be submitted. What has been happening to china with is universities is just a glimpse of where education is most likely going to go next. I think this article showcases that perfectly.

  5. Over the last several weeks and days, it has become truth that the Corona Virus has begun deeply effecting the world that we live in. Over 84,000 cases have been confirmed with the COVID-19 virus, with over 2,000 deaths as a result. This has changed the scope of our entire world, and the commodities embedded within them including the economy, transportation, and eventually our education as well. Because of the spread of the virus now scattered across the globe, it has eventually trickled into educational institutions having their hours and courses effected. When I heard first of the eventual news of the spread, I easily assumed that some particular institutions abroad would be effected and that has now since happened, especially in parts of Asia mentioned in the article. However, with the high tech that be now a days, it is still technically and willingly possible to continue courses on schedule in transition to mobile and technological devices and apps. Within this article, it proves valid and valued points regarding the importance of this high tech in this day and age and how education has now been dramatically changed since years of old. Any subject or field can generate work and class assignments on a device, which now eliminates the need for any excuse of not being able to obtain information or knowledge needed in regards to academics or even a job/career to anyone involved. It is easier and more accessible than ever to continue pursuing info or work within the help of technology today and in this case within a worldwide current event, it exactly proves that point.

  6. Over the past several months, the coronavirus outbreak has begun to impact countries in Asia, and now everyone is beginning to take the precautions to avoid a worldwide epidemic. Universities in China, are specifically being impacted. Nobody wants to leave their homes with the risk of face-to-face contact with professors, and students who could potentially have the coronavirus. Classes are continuing to take place in China, but people are staying away from the schools and the streets, everyone is scared. Most of the students are beginning to use their studies as online material rather than going to the universities to learn their studies through face to face teaching.
    The coronavirus causes pneumonia, coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. All effects are flu like symptoms. One of the biggest issues in treatment is that pneumonia has no use for antibiotics, and other antiviral drugs used for treating the flu don’t work with treating those affected by the coronavirus. This is what is scaring people the most. There is no cure, and even though death isn’t always the case with the coronavirus, the process of being affect by it is devastating to its victim’s bodies. U.S students taking courses in China are at extreme risk to face to face contact, and that is why so many are leaning towards online courses to avoid contracting the disease.
    With the coronavirus being as dangerous as it is, students are taking every precaution to maintain proper and clean-living areas. Residents and students in China specifically are staying inside, and away from others. Economically, its affecting everything. Schools and Universities are losing money from their workers taking off of work, as well as students not coming to campus to purchase common necessities. This is a major impact for everything in China, if students aren’t coming to campus, they are going to lose money, especially with online classes. If this was to continue to occur, the Universities won’t be able to generate sufficient funding for a functioning University. The CDC and other Disease Control Centers in China and other countries affected need to be more strict with their policies and need to do everything they can to ensure the safety of the public.

  7. Because of the outrageous Corona Virus outbreak in the eastern part of the world from a safety prospective I understand why some colleges are opting to make the decision of changing to online classes for the time being. From a learning prospective, I see it two ways. Students may have the opportunity to now look at notes while doing major assignments which can lead to a spike in the numerical grade. Yet in the same breath, students may not understand what is going on in the class because of them referring to the notes all the time. Lastly, from a regular student’s perspective I would be extremely relieved that I have the luxury to stay in bed all day.
    For the time being, I too think it’s better to be safe than sorry. The last thing anybody would want is someone studying abroad overseas to come back with a deadly virus. Or even a student contracting the virus period. By moving to online classes, that removes the opportunity of both possibilities of occurring to college student from colleges in America.
    Still on the topic of the corona virus, one thing I do not like is the racial discrimination that it related to it. Similar to the Ebola Virus outbreak, people looked at African people in disgust because they thought all African people had it. Now in 2020, people are looking at Chinese people like they are all walking around with the virus and that is just not the case. Personally I looked at the problem I see no other solution on the discrimination other than to just let that that judgement of relations the virus to the race go!!
    On the other hand, when people see the numbers go up for the contraction of the virus, and the deaths of the virus, they begin to then operate in fear. When someone operates in fear a level of selfishness comes in to play and this was not only seen with the corona virus but also the aftermath of 9/11. People may point the finger to people who are from China in an act of fear much like people pointed the finger at Muslims after 9/11. Even though people are operations in fear, it doesn’t justify or make their actions morally correct.

  8. It feels like every couple years a virus breaks out and incites worldwide terror. A couple of years ago it was e.coli, and ebola before that. However this situation is unique in that the corona-virus is actually forcing nations to take action. With ebola, there were a handful of isolated incidents and the hysteria died down before anything catastrophic happened. Prior to reading this article, I learned that Seton Hall canceled all their study abroad programs in fear of the corona-virus. My dads business trip to Slovakia was canceled as well. This virus has worldwide significance. Even despite this, its rare to find a person in America who has actual concerns they might contract the virus. The impact this virus must be having in China is unfathomable. People are in such fear that they stopped going to school.

    This new virus literally forced two schools in China to move online. Duke Kunshan and NYU Shanghai shut their doors and, with 3 weeks warning, told their staff to transition to online classes. The author mentions in specific how writing classes are hard to teach online. I have taken a couple online classes at Seton Hall, and one of them is Business Writing. It is definitely a big change from physically going to class. You get out of it what you put into it. In order to be successful in an online class, you have to actively be on top of everything. My teacher posts the work for the entire year on blackboard, before classes even start. This is necessary for a writing class, because without a teacher present, students need every resource available to them. It is mind boggling to think that those teachers in China would be able to effectively bring their class online in such a short time.

  9. Similar to what has happened in China, the Japanese government has asked schools throughout its nation to close until late March (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51663182). It hopes to prevent the spread of the Corona-virus throughout the country. With the CDC suggesting that Americans should prepare for an outbreak of Corona-virus in the United States (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/cdc-say-us-must-prepare-for-coronavirus-spread), the actions of the Japanese government and the Colleges in China have become relevant to schools throughout the United States. The problem facing colleges throughout the nation now is should they follow in the footsteps of their counter parts in Asia.
    As a student attending a university in the United States, I have become concerned with the possibility of Corona-virus shutting down the college I attend for an extended period of time. The thing that has me worried the most is that all but one of my professors hadn’t mentioned any plans for what would happen to their courses if the school administration were to shut down Seton Hall campuses after spring break. The concern I have with this is that several of them would not be able to move their courses online, thus preventing me from completing their classes by the end of the Spring semester. If this happens than my plans for attending two summer classes will be forced to be pushed back further into the summer. Given that all but one of my professors incorporate online homework into their courses, I am hopeful that that the bulk of them will be able to adjust their courses to being completely online.
    After attending class Thursday and Friday, it seems to me that many of my fellow students are not ready for what will happen when the Corona-virus hits the United States with the ferocity that has been seen in counties like Italy and China. After my Thursday and Friday classes I warned some of my fellow classmates of the problems that could arise from a Corona-virus outbreak. Most of them have mentioned that they have found it worrying after speaking to me but prior to our conversation, they had not thought about it much. Some have even told me that people are overly worried about the virus, and that the t will have little effect on their lives. The fact that the virus has caused a correction in the stock market would say otherwise (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/business/stock-market-coronavirus.html). The reality is that no matter if a person will contract the Corona-virus or not, no longer determines if it will have a negative impact on his or her life and the lives of others around them. It is about time that people start to realize that this is going to change their lives in the coming weeks. The question is if they will be prepared for it.
    Already American stores are starting to run low on essential items such as water (https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-update-photos-of-empty-shelves-in-us-stores-2020-2). For example, after my classes on Thursday I attempted to secure face masks from my local Home Depot, when I arrived at the store, I was informed by an employee that they were all out of stock because of the Corona-virus. I then traveled to the nearby Ace Hardware to find masks, sadly I was informed that they had been sold out for three weeks. Afterwards I went to my local supermarket to obtain some bottled water and canned goods. When I got there, I was shocked to find that unlike normally, the store had almost no water bottles in stock. I was able to secure most of the remaining water (six cases) and left. After reading some of the news stories coming out of Italy and China and experiencing a similar situation myself, I am shocked that some of the people I have met are not concerned about the Corona-virus, and more importantly the affects it has on markets and supply chains. The Department of Homeland Secure has suggested that people have up to two weeks of water and food supplies on hand (https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/u-s-could-see-some-empty-shelves-mid-april-if-n1144351). At this point both the institutions and the people of the United States should start preparing for what could be a pandemic.

  10. Around the world, the number one topic of conversation is the Coronavirus. This article explains that US universities in China are now resuming classes online, “ 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 World Health Organization defines the Coronavirus as, “large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death”. US universities in China made the right decision by moving classes online. The Coronavirus is extremely dangerous and continues to grow everyday. By moving classes online, these universities are reducing the risks of students and faculty of contracting the deadly virus. Students attend university to learn and recieve an education, not to contract diseases. It is not possible for a student to maximize their learning potential when they are in constant fear of getting sick. For the time being, it is necessary for US universities where the coronavirus is active to conduct classes online to protect students and faculty.

    The article continues by explaining how difficult it is to plan an online course in such a short amount of time, “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”. Faculty at institutions in China should be given a lot of credit for teaching classes online. Most faculty are used to giving lectures every class but to switch fully online is an adjustment. Faculty understands that teaching online is for their safety and the students. If I was a faculty member in China, I would be happy with the institution moving classes online because it prevents me and others from coming in contact with the virus.

    If the Coronavirus spreads nationwide in the United States, US universities should move classes online. Like I said, moving classes online would be the correct decision because the safety of students and the faculty are at risk. However, I think it is important to make sure the Coronavirus is an imminent threat before all Universities move classes online. People’s jobs who work on campus that are not faculty could be at risk if classes are moved online long-term. Overall, I believe this virus will not spread throughout the country and in a few months will disappear.

  11. The global impact of the Coronavirus outbreak has been on full display in recent weeks. The outbreak has begun to affect the daily lives of citizens in countries with only a few cases. For example, Seton Hall was forced to cancel all study abroad programs for spring break. This forced me to change my plans for the break as I was previously attending the business leadership trip to Athens, Greece. The response of the country as a whole has also been a hot topic lately. Many believe that we should be more prepared and spending more money towards the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus.
    This article, by Lindsay McKenzie, deals with the response of universities in China and American universities based in China. Both NYU Shanghai and Duke Kunshan University have been forced to transition into fully online classes as China has shut down schools across the nation. I found the rapid nature in which these schools transitioned to fully online classes to be quite impressive. In less than three weeks, these universities have been able to equip students and faculty with the necessary resources and information to run all classes online. Online classes have reportedly been going very well for these universities despite the fact that most of the faculty had little to no experience teaching online. At NYU Shanghai, 88% of the faculty had no previous, significant online teaching experience (McKenzie). I am sure that it is a huge relief for the students that they are still able to complete their coursework with the outbreak of the virus disrupting their lives.
    One quote from the article that really stood out to me was from Jace Hargis, director of the Teaching and Learning Center at NYU Shanghai. Hargis said that “Ten years ago, we wouldn’t have been able to do this — the technology wasn’t there.” Hargis is completely correct and the fact that these schools were able to transition so quickly shows how much technology has advanced in the last few years. No matter what part of the world the students are in, they are all able to connect to the class on the internet or through videoconferencing at the same time. Reading this article has made me think about what might happen if Seton Hall was forced to shut down due to the spread of the virus in the U.S. Would the faculty here be able to transition that quickly? Could we use our laptops for all of the remaining coursework? It would be a very stressful situation for everyone involved but thankfully, I think it would be possible with today’s technology.

  12. The Coronavirus has seemingly taken the world by storm. With over 80,000 confirmed cases and nearly 2000 deaths, the spread of the virus has shown no signs of slowing down. In it’s wake, our governments and authorities are forced to make important decisions, affecting education, trade, and travel. This article focuses on the universities in China and the measures they must take to not only guarantee the safety of their students, but to also guarantee that education will not be put on hold. By moving classes online, they are able to keep their programs running while minimizing risk of spreading the virus.

    This is impressive, not only because of the solution-based thinking that had to be employed to put this into motion but also because of the speed they were able to accomplish this. The article states that NYU Shanghai was able to begin utilizing their online courses after three weeks of work. This is especially fast, considering that they are under the pressure of being near the source of the virus. Regardless, this is the best decision they made. Highlighted in the article, Chinese universities had two choices — suspend schooling indefinitely, hoping that the virus would clear up relatively soon, or start working on online programs to keep students on track. By choosing to move online, they can guarantee that the students will not fall behind in their programs (plus it probably gives the students something to do, as chances are they are stuck in their homes as the virus spreads).

    This all highlights not only our efficiencies in the face of chaos, but also our improvements in technology. Nearly a decade ago, it was almost unheard to take courses online / do online schooling seriously. But with our technology today, we can get a similar experience to that of the classroom by utilizing many of the popular communication applications of today. The faculties in China were expressive in that one of the biggest concerns they faced was the students reaction to the online courses. But over time, it seems that many of the anxieties the faculty held have been cleared up. This is incredible — not only because it speaks to how our technology has evolved and the feats that we are capable of — but also because we have no idea how long this virus will be prominent — and we may have to utilize similar systems in our country very soon.

  13. I am very interested to see if (and how) the Covid-19 outbreak will affect daily life in the U.S. Even with a mortality rate around 2% (which varies immensely between age groups, genders, and people with pre-existing conditions https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/prevention-cures/485144-coronavirus-fatality-rates-vary-dramatically), the infectiousness of the disease is where the worry has sprung up. In 3 months now, we have seen 80,000 cases worldwide. In countries outside of china, the total amount of infected people takes only a week to jump from single to triple digits due to the virus’ extremely long incubation. Although most symptoms appear after being infected for around a week, cases have been seen to lay dormant for 24 days and even longer. Theoretically, there could be hundreds of people with it dormant in the US and we have no way of knowing. Almost like a boogeyman, people just need to keep calm and work to prevent it. Personally, I have nothing to fear; .2% of people who get it aged 18-30 die, or 1 in every 500. However, I am very alarmed at the fact that a single person can walk around with it and spread it for 24 days without knowing that they have it, which is why I have started religiously washing my hands (for that reason and the flu). If someone coughs on a subway pole, everyone who touches that pole for at least 20 minutes (the rumored life of the virus outside of a host) can get it by simply touching their face before disinfecting their hands. Hopefully, it just never spreads to the U.S. but I am optimistic that, based off of the preventative efforts so far, this will not become a major issue before a cure is developed.

  14. The Coronavirus has infected over 84,000 people and is spreading quickly all over the world. Currently there is no cure for the virus and the world is freaking out. Many institutions are shutting down such as airports and cruises but also university campuses. In less than three weeks faculties in China have worked together to put about 500 classes online because of the virus. Lindsey McKenzie covers this issue in her article “Coronavirus Forces Universities Online.” One of the universities forced to go online is New York University’s Shanghai campus. This could have caused a bigger issue since “the vast majority of faculty — 88 percent — did not have significant experience teaching online previously.” Although thankfully the faculty were able to gain confidence with teaching their classes online. Another obstacle student had to go through is not being able to enter the country again and I sympathize for the students who were not able to travel back to China and must attend class while living in a different time zone. In a time of crisis though it is nice to see people coming together and creating solutions. Such as Scott Warnock the director of the university writing program at Drexel University, who led “a workshop to help a small group of NYU Shanghai faculty members foster pedagogies specific to teaching writing online.” Many are sympathetic to the situations and doing whatever they can to help. Students at NYU Shanghai and Duke Kunshan have been provided funds for fast internet and technology such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. Another plus is that online learning had long been restricted by the Ministry of Education in China until recently. Since the Coronavirus, they have relaxed the rules and it may even cause change for the future. Now while scientists are working hard to find a cure, I am glad that the world is not stopping. I do think that the spreading of the Coronavirus should be taken seriously, but until a cure is found, I think the rest of the world should think of solutions for problems as quickly as these Chinese Universities have over the possible everyday problems that the virus could create.

  15. It is evident that the Coronavirus outbreak has brought many unexpected consequences. Of course, the country containing the sit of the outbreak is the most affected to date. The main problem that China faces is the lack of resources to treat all the infected patients. The unpredictability of the pathogen’s spread has complicated the issue even further. The incubation period of the Coronavirus was underestimated for a while. Infected people can express the virus without presenting any symptoms. These factors have led China to take extreme measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Canceling classes in educational centers among other institutions and establishments overall has been one of such measures in areas where the concentration of infected patients is high. It is clear that holding back productivity in some of China’s markets has affected not only its economy but also the one of other countries. Although the suspension of university classes may not have as much of an impact, it would be unfair and inconvenient to impact the continuity of the students learning. I believe that the incorporation of technological tools to not compromise the productivity of China has been brilliant. Technology is meant to facilitate many aspects of human life as much as possible. What surprised me is that the staffs of the universities were able to set up the system to hold online clases in a very short time. It is obviously an unorthodox system to hold university clases, but fortunately, various platforms such as Slack or Microsoft Teams can be used for effective communication between all parties. Other factors may definitely influence learning, any network issue can translate to a significant problem. Also, the attention of students may not be the best depending on the environment in which they will connect to the online class. Despite this, I admire the effort that China is making to keep productivity at its highest and technology is definitely helping.

  16. I think that this is one of the greatest things that I am glad is achievable in this day and age. In light of a horrible outbreak, we are still able to move as if nothing has happened. Students are able to keep receiving their education without a beat, even though they aren’t even attending class in person. This is a true testament to how far technology has come that we are able to do things like this. This is thanks to websites like blackboard, canvass, skype, Microsoft teams, and slack that make it possible to communicate work over the internet instantly. Even in recent years, I have noticed that colleges are offering more online courses for students to take so it can better fit their schedules and they can do it at their own leisure throughout the week. Because of this and the technology that we have today, we were pretty well prepared for something like the coronavirus to happen. It didn’t take long until we figured out the backup plan so that the world could keep spinning. Especially today, the world cannot stop for one instant or things while spiral out of control. Since everything is instant, effects hit the world fast. Already, the stock market in the United States has crashed out of fear of the coronavirus and it hasn’t even been that long since we heard about the first cases of the virus. The amount of responsibilities that people have today, bundled with the tight times tables that people have to get them done made this market crash. Going back to schools though, it is amazing that they are going to allow the classes to be online in wake of coronavirus. This makes it so that the risk of us getting it is kept to a minimum while still receiving an education at the same time. If this was not the case, we would probably end up running into the summer, past when we are supposed to be there. This would mess up a lot of schedules that people have to do things along with a lot of students probably not being able to do that. The other things would have been to just cover the material in a shorter time period which is devaluing the money that we are paying because we aren’t getting proper value from the courses.

  17. This topic extremely relevant right now as the Coronavirus is making its way through Europe and even my country of origin has now at least 2 confirmed cases of the virus. With my knowledge about this virus, I am not too concerned about the virus. I do understand why we are taking measures to be safe, but the mortality rate among the infected is not high; it has mostly killed old or people with pre-existing conditions. As a fairly healthy man with 20 years of age, I don’t see myself in the risk zone.
    The article mentions a few colleges that are moving into online courses in order to minimize human contact, which would minimalize the chance of getting infected, at least through the school/lecture. Other countries have also taken action to slow down the spreading of the virus. In Switzerland, many sporting events are either canceled or played to empty stands as they don’t want large amounts of people in one location. In Germany, they canceled a seminar for fitness clubs that my parents were going to attend. These kinds of precautions are very good, as we still aren’t too informed about the virus, and there is plenty of studies to do about it.
    The one thing I am worried about this virus is that you might not know that you are infected, and you can be walking through campus and be spreading the virus. Coronavirus is pretty easily spread, as you might be infected by just talking to a person who has the virus.
    Apart from the virus being easily spread, I am not too worried. I am not in the risk groups, but we do not know the long term effects of this disease yet, so I am taking steps to not get sick.

  18. The impact that the coronavirus has made across the globe is one I don’t think anyone expected. It is now turning into a potential epidemic that is not only affecting the direct residents of these countries, but also the schools, companies, economy and more. As seen in this article, universities in China have come to the conclusion that it was necessary for them to transition all of their classes to be online for the time being. This is due to the rapid growth of the virus and the Department of Education soon came to the realization that it would no longer be feasible to continue to have class in person when multiple areas surrounding the university were already potentially in a state of emergency, if not already declared so. Faculty and staff had to have an incredibly fast switch over from in person class structures to an online format. I can understand the level of difficulty this involves because the way an online class is organized is tremendously different than how an in person lecture is run.
    Despite this situation having its negative aspects with the amount of stress it gave to all faculty and universities in China, these institutions have provided a way for students to still continue forward with their education even during these troubling times. The article touched upon the key role that technology has played in allowing for the successful administration of online classes. Without the technological advancements we have today, this option probably would not have even been explored. In addition, the transition to online classes has provided the faculty of these universities with a new skill set that may not have been acquired otherwise. Professors who used to only teach in person lectures now have the knowledge and understanding on how to teach a class online. This will ultimately help both the university, as it will attract prospective students, and the students, as they are learning from experienced professors.
    In the long run, even though the situation was stressful for this implementation, there are definitely positive aspects coming out of it which help these institutions develop even further in the future.

  19. An important theme that follows many of these blog’s stories are the complications technology has in our ever-evolving world. Whether it is online surveillance of our lives, or premature legislation of online defamation, there’s a focus on the negative. However, the benefits of technology should also be emphasized. Despite having to take classes online, I believe it to be an extraordinary feat of this age. If you look back a few decades ago, taking online courses was not fathomable, at least as something mainstream. But because of our advancements, it has allowed us to continue our education in light of societal outbreak.
    If you were to asks students today how they felt about classes being taken online, they would be frustrated about it or say, “Good thing we graduated already”. But that is because that generation grew up in a time where online classes were not the norm. However, to grow up taking classes online when you can’t physically attend class is something the students of today will acclimate to.
    So, when a calamity such as the coronavirus hits society, schools and institutions will naturally gravitate towards reaching online to conduct any personal contact. But this type of contact is not limited to education, but also the workplace. This practice has long been in place, where companies save time and effort by conferencing over online chat, as opposed to meeting up at work. So naturally, it was only a matter of time until it translated over into the education field. Given that technology is ever advancing, does that mean it will get to the point where online classes become the norm. Where taking a school bus to class, completing work on paper, and communicating in person becomes uncommon? This may prove challenging in some aspects, such as assessing a student’s true speech ability or competence to work in group settings. Although schooling could be very convenient, it may not have the capacity to grade everything a traditional classroom setting could.
    If the structure of a fully integrated online class system can be fully implemented, it will be the next big revelation in society. It will be more convenient and should have a higher chance of completion seeing as the students should have their materials with them.

  20. I found this article very interesting and intriguing to read. When I saw in the news that China was going to shut down schools due to the coronavirus. I was worried about the education that students will miss out and also the educational system. The coronavirus has proven to have killed many people and is deadly if come in contact with it. The article introduces the advances of technology, how it benefits many people even students and how nothing is impossible with technology. Technology is so advanced nowadays that it helped many professors to create online classes in China. I understand that not many professors or teachers are not tech savvy but technology is very helpful these days. I do believe that online class is very beneficial especially since the virus outbreak.
    In my spring semester, I just started my first online class and all the tools for my class are all very new to me. I am learning too, such as the students mentioned in the article and teachers. It took some time, but I eventually got used to doing my assignments and handed them online. In my online class, I got to experience doing video conferences with my class and professor. In my opinion, I am enjoying it because the work assigned is equivalent to work assigned in a regular college classroom. I get assigned presentations, writing work and discussions posts for everyone in my class to share their ideas and opinions. I am very glad that everyone in the article only has positive things to say about online class. This will eventually lead the future into having more online classes and lecture classes will only be a thing of the past.

  21. Many schools have drills in place for severe weather or an intruder, but there typically is not a set way to do things if there is a rapidly spreading illness like the coronavirus we are experiencing now. The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on many aspects on daily life in many countries around the world. Starting in China, COVID-19 quickly spread and took the lives of many people, and it continues to spread around the world slowing down the economy and creating concern and worry for many people. Obviously, people have to go to work to make a living or go to school and get an education which are both very public places where germs can be transmitted easily when interacting with so many other people on a daily basis.
    Many schools were unprepared on how to handle this situation since it happened so quickly, but there are schools who have been fortunate enough to start planning in case the coronavirus was to infect the area they teach in. In the article, it talks about NYU Shanghai and the response to the coronavirus of going online which I think is a great idea. I think that many schools should start the transition to online schooling now seeing as though there is no cure or vaccine, and it just continues to spread. While it can and will still spread, there is a high chance of less people being infected with it because they can have the opportunity to stay home and not be in contact with any sick person like at school where contact is inevitable. Turning into a completely online program comes with its own challenges though like stated in the article many students and teachers have never taken an online course before and it will take some adjusting. There are also students who may not always have access to internet or know how to do certain technological processes which could negatively impact their grade.
    But, in order for the health and safety of everyone I think that the benefits of having school online compared to face-to-face outweigh the costs. I also believe that not only schools, but workplaces as well should be prepared and have a plan in place just in case the coronavirus impacts their area. Seeing how many cases there are now and the severe impacts it has had in other countries makes me wonder how this will affect me, and how well my school will be able to handle this situation.

  22. Coronavirus is spreading like wildfire throughout countries and causing so many businesses a lot of money. Not only is it causing businesses a loss but it also causing schools to lose out on time. The viruses are causing schools to have to shut down because they don’t want the virus to spread even more. What does that mean for colleges? It’s not an easy thing for a college to shut down completely because you have thousands of students from all over the place. Colleges like Duke Kunshan University and New York University Shanghai have had to change all of their courses to online courses. Usually, when a college converts everything to online courses it can take up to months of preparation, but they had to do it within weeks.
    I think it is great that the university was able to convert everything in such a short period of time. As a university, it is their duty to make sure that all of their students are safe and not have to worry about being in danger. They did a good job of prioritizing their student’s health but also keeping them on track. They were able to prevent having to shut the entire school so they couldn’t go to classes at all. It’s so great how much technology has come a long way. Technology is allowing so many people to be connected without having to actually be in person. To think that years ago if an epidemic like this broke out then they would’ve had to cancel all classes. Having to cancel classes for too long would set back so many students.
    When epidemics like this happen it really makes you think about how many things are affected by this. Not only universities having to deal with the consequences of this virus, but businesses are being affected heavily as well. The US does a lot of trade and business with China where this first broke out. Having to stop or slow trade down is really affecting the supply chain for many businesses. The businesses and universities that have people over in China or any of the counties that are having issues with the virus are having to immediately come back home. They have had to stop all students traveling abroad from going to any of the places heavily affected. A student that was in Tokyo had to immediately buy an expensive plane ticket to come back home and the school has to figure out all the money issues. In which way will they credited everyone back for the money they spent to go aboard? It’s also costing schools because they are having to help bring back all the students come back home urgently. Everyone is trying to find a way to tackle this virus so things can resume back to what they once were.

  23. A Coronavirus outbreak is already happening. Ever since the big scare in China, the virus has been in the United States. I think it is inevitable for America to have an outbreak. There is too much travel for work, vacation, and studying abroad to completely avoid bringing the virus to more and more countries. Personally, I think America has overdramatized the virus and its concern. I do think the virus needs to be taken seriously however, I do not think the way to do this is by blowing out of proportion the guarantee that a healthy individual will most likely die if contracted the virus. It is hard to say how overdramatic America is being with the potential outbreak since perhaps the population won’t take the risk seriously unless they are scared into it. Apparently, America has already taken into consideration closing schools and work offices. This can set both students and companies back a lot.
    In China’s case, I do think China was in the right to move all their classes online due to the extremity of the virus in China. It was great they were able to quickly turn around their academic plans and put them online so students’ education wasn’t put on hold. It shows initiative when professors from all over the globe come together to help each other with organizing classes online for the universities in a time crunch.
    For some students, this was even preferred over having face-to-face classes. This at least allows students to live their lives more comfortably and still continue their education without having to worry about the current health concerns.

  24. Countries are taking drastic measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and to keep everything contaminated. The virus had originally started in Wuhan China at the animal trade market. They believe one Many universities were not prepared to handle this and as a result, they were forced to cancel classes and programs. Schools such as Syracuse University, New York University and Fairfield University had to cancel programs and told students and faculty to stay home. Remarkably, universities in China were able to prepare online courses in about 3 weeks for those impacted by this virus. It shows how determined they were to get their students’ education back on track. In the article, the feedback so far from the students and faculty have been positive. 88% of faculty did not have significant experience teaching online. They adapted extremely quickly in this situation.

    Nearly 93,000 people have been infected with the virus, and 3,100 have died. The virus is nothing to take lightly and drastic measures should be taken in order to prevent further spread of it. It was in everyone’s best interest to close the schools knowing how easily it can spread. It originated in China, and now it has impacted a total of 76 countries. Not only has it been impacting education, but also the economy. The economy has been severely impacted as a result of the Coronavirus. Many ports in China have postponed shipping which will result in millions of export dollars lost. Some Chinese workers have not been able to go back to work and as a result, they lose money and the business that they are working for lose money as well.

  25. If the Coronavirus continues to spread, I think many more colleges will have to move to learning online beyond China. I personally enjoy online classes because I am given specific due dates for assignments, exams, quizzes etc., and I complete everything when it’s most convenient for myself within that time period. It also forces me to read the textbook to understand certain concepts which many college students do not enjoy doing. I, myself, am not a fan of reading 30-page chapters and trying to retain all the information without getting sidetracked or thinking about things besides what I am reading. The advantage of taking classes in person is the professors are paid to teach the course and explain the PowerPoint slides in different words instead of just sending students the link to the slides and having them read through it. Professors are very knowledgeable individuals and they can make retaining information interesting and fun.

    If universities did not switch to online learning, students would fall behind drastically. This virus has been growing rapidly and may require schools throughout the world to shut down and switch to online learning. Students falling behind can become very costly and require students to take classes during the summer or retake the classes during the fall semester. Not all professors teach summer classes so extending the semester may require the schools to have to find adjunct professors who can complete the rest of the semester. Universities may not have enough professors that are willing to teach the course in the summer which may require classes to go online anyway so the capacity of students in one class can be larger.

    Students who are currently in K-12 schools are impacted more than students who are currently enrolled in a university. Kindergarten classes cannot go online because the children are not old enough to be able to understand what is going on and comprehend information. In kindergarten, children learn to write basic words like their name and the alphabet. If they somehow allowed kindergartens to move school to online, parents at home would have to step in and become teachers interpreting what the actual teacher has assigned.

  26. Ever since the breakout of the coronavirus, society has taken caution and has put a lot of emphasis on hygiene which is a good habit especially today in society. With highly populated areas such as universities and all the major cities it can cause fear in people since they are surrounded by hundreds of people everyday. Thanks to the advancements in technology we now have access to go through schooling on the internet. This can feel out of the ordinary for some who have never taken online classes before because the student has to take on more of a responsibility to do the work and learn the material rather than the professor teaching them in the classroom. If coronavirus occurred when society didn’t have any online classes, this would be a very bad issue because students wouldn’t be able to go to school until they opened back up, during this duration of time, the students most likely will not remember all the material they learned unless they looked at it during the school closing. All the students and teachers can feel safe in the environment of their homes not having to worry about catching the virus from others in the university while staying on track with their degree works and classes. China made a smart decision making their classes transition to online because no work has to be delayed. For example if the students were working on a project, they can still continue it and be able to talk to their group members through video chat or any messaging apps. This can actually be better for the students as well because they don’t have to commute to school but instead stay at home and continue learning. With the coronavirus spreading all throughout the world, I can see using online classes for school becoming more mainstream as of now since universities are becoming more cautious about the student and faculty health.

  27. During this time it has become very difficult for colleges and universities to operate to their fullest potential due to the CoronaVirus. This virus has affected many countries but has sadly affected China, Italy, South Korea, and the United States the most. The virus has spread quickly which has caused some changes in everyday life for most. Washing hands and staying clear of anyone with a cough is the safest bet, but there is no cure to the virus yet which has put many in the place to be nervous.While these countries have had to change around their academic curriculums for all stages of life, the particular countries have also had an effect on American students who have had to rearrange study abroad programs to comply with the CDC. The article states how they wished they had chosen to push the courses online a little earlier due to the virus. The issue has pushed teachers to teach through an online platform which has probably decreased the amount being taught or retained during that time. Although there are difficulties, teachers have been easily adapting to the issue and 88% of the teachers have not taught online prior to this. The issues that the CoronaVirus has brought to the world are disheartening to hear. It has mostly affected those of older age with a weak immune system and has killed 11 people in the U.S those of which were in nursing homes. Just this past week, the virus has expanded to New York City, Philadelphia, and most recently, New Jersey. Many colleges have had to adapt to the change in the courses because of the virus. After sending students home from study abroad trips, colleges have had to do late start courses for students so they are still receiving the credits they were supposed to during their trip.

    The increase in technology over the course of the years has made this recent change much smoother. Without the increase in technology, Shanghai would not be able to move almost 500 courses online. There have also been training sessions held to make sure the teachers and students are fully capable of learning and teaching using an online platform. This has probably caused a challenge for those students who learn better in the classroom and prefer hands on learning than online learning. Culture online is very different from classroom culture. Online learning is more on the student to learn at their own pace but also relies a lot on reading, studying, and interpreting things in the way they do personally. Other efforts have been put into play as well to assist during this time. Since schools are closing due to the virus, other schools have been taking the majority of the students that might have to transfer. It is definitely a difficult challenge to adapt to what is going on currently. Many students must be very upset and scared due to this issue which has caused students to react in a negative way. With the everyday changes of the virus, it is important that schools are making sure education is still a priority for students but that health is always in the back of their minds.

  28. I am not surprised that U.S. universities that have campuses in China have closed campuses and are moving all classes to the internet, major universities like Duke Kunshan University and New York University Shanghai basically have to shut down there campuses as the Coronavirus has infected over 70,000 in mainland china and has killed nearly 3,000, the universities hope stopping all face to face interactions will help prevent any students or faculty from getting the virus. In a matter of 3 weeks universities in China have prepared online courses for classes that originally were meant to be on campus, this has created a stressful time for faculty as preparing an online course usually can take several months, I feel for some courses this may be a challenge on short notice but in the current year I feel most professors and students can easily adapt to having courses online, with that said I understand online classes are not for everyone and I have had trouble with online courses in the past as. I feel sometimes I need that face to face contact as it keeps me engaged in the course.

    Under these circumstances students and professors need to adapt to online classes as China has become capital for the Coronavirus. Campuses had been faced with a major decision whether to suspend classes indefinitely or continue them online, Clay Shirky who is vice provost for educational technologies at NYU in New York helped with the transition to online courses for the University in Shanghai and said “It took us a while to realize that we really needed to move the semester online, Looking back, I wish we had made the call a little earlier” I agree with Shirky as students and staff would majorly benefit from this as suspending classes could majorly set back students even if it is just for one semester but at the rate the virus is spreading not only in China but globally it seems like it may take awhile for the campus to open back up. So far the online classes have been going very well for NYU Shanghai, I found it interesting how students and staff are scattered across the globe as flight restrictions have made it so students and staff cannot re enter China, this causes another issue as conflicting time zones can make it hard to make a schedule but not impossible. Universities are trying to make sure students and staff can easily use the online classroom by having a 16 hours of the day online chat service to help or answer any questions which I know can be very useful for students like me. I can see universities all around the globe soon making this transition to online classes in the wake of the Coronavirus as universities and schools filled with students could cause the virus to spread, universities in Italy have begun to transition to online classes as the numbers of people infected continue to go up.

  29. Very quickly, Coronavirus has been spreading and taking lives across the world. While the main threat has been in China, where the virus has taken the most lives, it is now spreading across the US and many other countries. As travel bans have taken effect, there have been other precautionary measures to protect people worldwide. I found that this article was informative and effective in sharing the story of how classes in China have continued on through the shutdown. Rather than letting the virus takeover their everyday lives, professors from universities in China have quickly taught themselves to administrate online classes, so that classes do not fall further behind. I think it was great that the professors were able to quickly teach themselves how to switch from face to face teaching to online courses.
    Coronavirus has brought many things to a halt, from travel, trade, production, and now education. It is great that these universities have been able to adjust to online classes, and that some students are even enjoying it. I think it is very important that the universities took this step, because nobody can guess when it will all come to an end. The virus has caused businesses to struggle and stocks to drop tremendously. Now, as the virus is spreading through more countries, including the United States, we must also take precautions. It is likely that over the coming weeks, more safety measures will go into place to protect citizens. College campuses are known for spreading germs as students live closely together in dorm buildings, and it is just a matter of time before US campuses have to follow China’s footsteps. Luckily, many US colleges already have concrete online course programs in place, so if it should come to this, we will be able to rather easily switch to an online only structure.
    If we do come to the same situation in the United States, I do think that we will run into some problems. The American higher education system is incredibly expensive, so it is imperative that no time is wasted in getting a degree. If the virus were result in restrictions on courses, it could lead to a lot of money wasted. We have to hope that the virus does not take as large a toll here as it did in China, but if it does, we must be prepared to work around it.

  30. other areas of general business being affected by the virus. Like stated in the article online courses take time to prepare and universities are gonna be put to the test to see how fast they can come up with alternatives to keep their doors open. Universities are economic institutions but they are run like a business so they have to prepare for the major problems that would rise. Industries like Starbucks, Apple, McDonald shut down a half or all of their retail stores in China earlier this year. China has also shown the capability that they have by building the Houshenshan Hospital in less than 10 days. We are gonna see the capability of the healthcares on how they would keep up with outbreaks. Now doing Online classes is also showing how capable they are in adapting to the situation and finding solutions. It’s gonna be interesting to see how fast universities move to online classes and how well they perform. The virus has also reached the US and there have been deaths in Washington. Universities are gonna have to adapt to online courses or find other alternatives so that classes are not affected.
    If the universities fail to implement online classes students are gonna be affected because they would basically be losing weeks of classes and the semester not to mention money. But aside from universities, comes the issue of how K-12 school districts are gonna be dealing with a potential close down. Usually when weather is a problem they just cancel class and recover that day at the end of the school’s calendar year. Many districts would not be able to adapt to online schooling and other districts are underfunded to even be able to implement any form of home school. Even with the advancement of technology and being available to multiple people, not many students would be able to adapt to homeschooling. In universities it is also important to address that many students do not like online classes because they feel that they are not learning to the capacity that they would if it was in class. So implementing online classes would also hurt the learning of those students while they are being protected by the virus.

  31. The effect of the corona virus on universities is one of the issues that have risen with other areas of general business being affected by the virus. Like stated in the article online courses take time to prepare and universities are gonna be put to the test to see how fast they can come up with alternatives to keep their doors open. Universities are economic institutions but they are run like a business so they have to prepare for the major problems that would rise. Industries like Starbucks, Apple, McDonald shut down a half or all of their retail stores in China earlier this year. China has also shown the capability that they have by building the Houshenshan Hospital in less than 10 days. We are gonna see the capability of the healthcares on how they would keep up with outbreaks. Now doing Online classes is also showing how capable they are in adapting to the situation and finding solutions. It’s gonna be interesting to see how fast universities move to online classes and how well they perform. The virus has also reached the US and there have been deaths in Washington. Universities are gonna have to adapt to online courses or find other alternatives so that classes are not affected.
    If the universities fail to implement online classes students are gonna be affected because they would basically be losing weeks of classes and the semester not to mention money. But aside from universities, comes the issue of how K-12 school districts are gonna be dealing with a potential close down. Usually when weather is a problem they just cancel class and recover that day at the end of the school’s calendar year. Many districts would not be able to adapt to online schooling and other districts are underfunded to even be able to implement any form of homeschool. Even with the advancement of technology and being available to multiple people, not many students would be able to adapt to homeschooling. In universities it is also important to address that many students do not like online classes because they feel that they are not learning to the capacity that they would if it was in class. So implementing online classes would also hurt the learning of those students while they are being protected by the virus.

  32. The Corona Virus is definitely a serious situation and a global health emergency with potential to cause a lot of harm if not properly handled. With the spread into the United States, and now deaths occurring nationally, it is understandable that our educational institutions are being very cautious with how they shift their processes in order to be the safest and most efficient. This article focuses on the migration of college courses online in an attempt by United State’s universities to inhibit the spread of the illness. Classes have moved online allowing students the same amount of exposure to material but not exposing them to the dangerous breeding ground for disease in a college campus.

    It is extremely important that the institutions that serve as the foundations of our country are remaining as responsive and vigilant as they are. The track record of the current administration, whether it be through suggesting to use a common flu vaccine for the corona virus or electing an anti-science vice president to run the task force in charge of countering the spread of the disease, is not too convincing when it comes to effectively stopping this very real threat. The recent reported cases in the North East pushes the need for swift reaction to the problems even more, with it becoming more apparent than before that it is incredibly easily transferred and has the ability to affect much more than it has already.

    One of the benefits of this transition to digital platforms is the necessary training of professors who are aware of how to teach online classes in a world that is becoming increasingly digitized. We cannot ignore the obvious negative effect of having a delay in new members of the workforce, so having a system in place that will directly acknowledge this problem and make sure we keep kids on the proper timeline is beneficial for now and for the future. This skill is invaluable because it allows us to respond to threats like this with little to no effects on student development as well as prepares the school system for the next steps in digitization of the world. Opening up this type of schooling to so many more children and not holding them back fr their studies is an excellent thing that will help to avoid any substantial possible effect from outbreaks.

  33. Covid-19 also more commonly known as the “Coronavirus” originated from Wuhan, China and has spread to more than a dozen countries around the world infecting as well as killing many who have succumb to the infections and diseases caused by the virus. Compared to past epidemics and other coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS, Covid-19 cases rank ten times more than SARS and MERS but the fatality rate is three times less than that of SARS and eleven times less than MERS.
    There could be more people with Covid-19 than what is said on the news because some people might have better immunity than others so therefore they might not be showing any (or minimal) symptoms of the virus at all and can also transmit the virus to others unknowingly. The lack of test kits in the US can also contribute to this problem as less people are diagnosed with the virus which makes them think they don’t have it at all.
    Currently in the New York and New Jersey area, there are around 14-20 cases of people with Covid-19 and that number could still be growing. New York is by far one of the largest cities in the world by population and is also one of the busiest and this could be a perfect hotspot for the virus to transmit and spread rapidly between multiple people especially around the times of the New Year. With Seton Hall’s “close” proximity to New York city, I personally believe that a community spread of the virus is inevitable especially when a vaccine hasn’t been created yet and new cases are popping up on the news every morning.
    Additionally, with spring break coming to an end and everyone starts travelling back to Seton Hall to attend classes again, the act of travelling further increases the risk of a community spread of Covid-19 especially on campus where there are always “mass gatherings” of fifty or above students walking to class to even sitting in a lecture. With that being said, there could already be Seton Hall students with Covid-19 but they are either immune or not exhibiting symptoms at all and at this rate of infection spreading across the nation, I believe it is best for our classes to start transitioning into online ones.

  34. When thinking about universities moving all classes into an online class situation for some students it seems more convenient, but for other students it could be worse and ultimately drop their grades a substantial amount. Due to the new pandemic in the Coronavirus that has now struck the U.S and is widely spreading, online classes seem to be a huge possibilities for universities that have cases of the virus near or even on their campuses. There are many factors that go into turning in class lectures into online courses due to the virus if need be. For example, professors will now have to change lesson plans and basically the way they would teach their course in person but now online. For some students this sounds a lot more convent, especially for those students who commute upwards of 45 minutes to campus each day for classes, yet there are other students who learn and enjoy the idea of going to class and getting course work done in person. Yet, these universities must worry about much more then weather or not enjoy taking classes online or in person. The main purpose of them turning classes into online classes is to protect the students, professors, faculty, and staff from containing the virus and of course spending the virus. The Coronavirus has been one if not the worst virus to have ever hit the United States and each university has to come up with a set plan just incase the virus comes onto the campus or even close to it.
    Personally, I feel as if there are some classes that I fully understand and would enjoy it to turn into an online class if need be, but then again there are other course that are much more difficult and need more attention to detail such as lectures and in person communications with the professors. I understand and every student most likely understands with the principle that if the virus becomes close to or on campus that the university must shut down, but then again it would be hard for some students to complete a course online especially for the students who have never taken an online class. It will be very interesting to see how universities handles the situation of Coronavirus if it was to ever make its way onto a campus

  35. Throughout history, epidemics like that of the Coronavirus have risen, causing millions of people to (unfortunately) lose their lives. However, the moment that these epidemics spread beyond a country’s borders, it officially transitions into being considered a pandemic. What perhaps many of us are not aware of is how epidemics like these have become more possible. Many of these communicable diseases persisted during the humankind’s hunter-gatherer era, howbeit, the switch to the agrarian society (an agricultural society whose focus is producing and maintaining their farmland and crops) resulted in communities that facilitated the rapid spread of these infectious diseases. Some examples include diseases like the bubonic plague, smallpox, leprosy, influenza, tuberculosis,etc. Moreover, what all these diseases all have in common in their time of outbreak was the lack of technology and the benefit associated with it.

    For instance, back in the mid-1300s, the bubonic plague emerged, killing one-third of the world population. In the attempt to halt the spread of the plague, many people were under the impression that witches and cats were the cause of such pandemic. As a result, those that believed this was true went on attacking those that they thought were witches and killing off cats. What they weren’t aware of was that the rats contained the disease, thus worsening the situation by eliminating the rat’s predator. You see, the lack of technology and knowledge prevented these civilians from seeing that the entire epidemic originated from rats and the rapid proliferation of infected individual resulted from mosquitoes.The mosquitoes would first biting the rats and then moving onto people, transferring the infection onto human-beings. Not only are we fortunate enough to develop such technology, but we are also fortunate to reap the benefits that it has to offer.

    Circling back to the topic of this article, I find it extremely eyeopening how far we have come not only as a society, but also as a nation. The fact that we are now develop enough to trace and pinpoint the causes of infectious diseases is a victory in it on its own. It is impressive to know how China has tackled the current crisis, not allowing it to negatively effect the education of their country. Enforcing distant learning has limited the risk of contagion and it is all thanks to the trajectory technology has taken currently.

  36. Coronavirus has been on the news nonstop and as the days go by and becomes realer and realer that the Coronavirus is real and that its spreading at an alarming rate. Even though the number they currently report to be the number of infected people which today was 98,000 people I still feel like the numbers are being under reported and that they are way more people infected than we currently know. With the spread of the Coronavirus the affect that it will have on universities has become visible and I think that while we still have time in other parts of the world, precautions should be taken to ensure that if the Coronavirus does become more serious than it already is and Universities have to close then it can be a smooth transition to whatever protocol has been prepared. That’s one of the problems I think they had at NYU and Duke in China, they had known about the Coronavirus and the rate at which the virus was growing but it still took them to long to make the decision to transfer all their classes online. So instead of having more time to transition all the classes they had to endure extreme stress for three weeks to make sure they don’t waste to much time to get classes started again which would result in the students being behind schedule. I thought it was really surprising how 88% of the faculty had no experience with teaching online at all, I think that is fascinating because we do live in a world where almost everything is online and if something were to happen that resulted in a university closing I would assume that the faculty would know that, that would result in classes moving online. What I think other universities that re not closed yet should do is that they should have a one-week course where they teach and inform faculty on different tools and ways, they would be able to interact and teach their students online. That way if the situation gets much worse than it already is, they would be prepared to teach them online and still find a way to mimic a safe and comfortable classroom experience online. But either the fact that NYU and Duke were able to move all their classes online in a mere 3 weeks is very impressive but I do think that all other universities should learn from the mistakes the NYU and Duke made and make sure to take precautions before they are confronted with a time constraint.

  37. The Coronavirus is something that should not be taken lightly , and I feel that once it is announced that it is near your town or university , there should be safety guidelines and precautions that should be implemented. Students and teachers may not have took or taught an online class yet this will be a better solution for them than to get the virus in their system. Although there are a lot of downsides to this , there can be a lot of benefits as stated in the article, “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.” , meaning that since they have to transfer to online both the students and teachers are able to learn yet through a different environment and what they are accustomed to. Students are able to practice time management , because now they will be distracted by all of the gadgets and things that they have at home , that they wont normally have during a lecture on campus. Also, most jobs are work from home these days , so they can also get a feel of how that would be. Overall , I think that the Coronavirus is something that has students and the world scared and they should be , this is not something that should be taken as a joke , yet seriously . All campuses and work environments should consider shutting down to protect their employees and students, because once one gets it and they are unaware , now plenty have it and it will keep multiplying.

  38. The article, “Corona Virus Forces Universities Online”, written by Lindsay McKenzie, describes the huge transition from classroom to online learning environments universities in China, specifically New York University and Duke Kunshan University, have made because of the coronavirus outbreak. Just in China alone, there have been “3,015 deaths” (Regencia). In order to prevent more deaths, some universities in China have decided to proceed classes through an online environment. The coronavirus has impacted various areas of the business world, with education institutions being among them because students are not able to commute to school. There are thousands of students that attend universities, by enforcing online learning universities are doing their part to help decrease spreading the virus. There weren’t just one or two classes that had to take on the online approach, at NYU Shanghai moved “almost 500 classes online” (McKenzie). Typically, universities tend to offer some classes online, but not all of them. This is a huge transition for students and teachers because some students might not be adapted to the online learning environment. Similarly, some teachers might not be properly equipped to teach their students online. Teachers tend to spend months preparing lesson plans for their online classes, the Chinese universities had to create an effective and efficient plan in “less than three weeks” (McKenzie). The coronavirus has caused a paradigm shift in the way students are receiving their education.

    Because China has shown that they can effectively teach students through an online platform, the Chinese universities may be more inclined to embrace the online teaching world and implement it even further in their curriculum. Online classes allow students to learn responsibility and independency, something that college is supposed to shape their students on. Online classes help “develop stronger self-discipline, which often translates to other areas of [students’ lives] such as fitness, work ethic and even relationships” (McCready). Self-discipline is an important skill for not just students, but anyone to learn. Through an online community, students do not have the typical face-to-face reminder about what is going on and what the student will be learning that day. Students have to take the time to read up on the material so they can utilize it in their assignments. For myself, I have learned self-discipline when it comes to academics because of the online classes I have taken in the past. I had to lay out a strategic plan to make sure that I was keeping up with the readings and the due dates of assignments. Depending on the class, the due dates for assignments can be different. Some classes offer a few hard deadlines for multiple assignments to be submitted, or every week a new assignment is due. It is up to the student to avoid procrastinating and develop a system for them to ensure they complete all the required work. The coronavirus is allowing the university students in China to develop keen self-discipline skills that will help benefit their future in whatever career path they choose to go down. I can’t predict the future, but if it is shown that these students are benefiting more from online classes rather than the traditional, China may decide to ultimately switch over to more online methods. The skills that are developed with an online approach are not the same as a traditional.

    With the coronavirus becoming a huge epidemic, one thing universities are worried about are students traveling for spring break. Students tend to travel all around the world when they’re on spring break. In a statement made by Indiana University titled, “Public Safety Advisory – Coronavirus – March 4, 2020”, they are requiring all students who travel to a “Level 2 or Level 3 country for COVID-19 MUST self-quarantine off campus for 14 days upon return to the US”. I think that this is an important precaution that the university is implementing because it will help protect the health for the students and faculty. It is publicized that younger people are not as susceptible to getting the virus as older people. But there are still younger people that have been infected with the coronavirus. With the thousands of cases being documented, only “8.1% of cases were 20-somethings” (Begley). And because of the travel that students will be doing over spring break, I believe that the number of cases will go up. Not only in the number of young people, but the number of cases with the older generations. When younger people with the coronavirus interact with older people, this will cause it to spread. I hope this isn’t the case but traveling right now isn’t the most optimal choice. Hopefully more universities are putting in an effective system to help decrease the spreading of the coronavirus in the United States. It could be a possibility too that universities in America will switch over to online learning because of the traveling being done spring break.

    Similar to Tim Foo Siam’s response, I too wouldn’t mind an online classroom environment, but I prefer the traditional style of teaching. Online classes essentially make you teach yourself the material. I tend to do a lot better in online classes because I spend more time reviewing and studying the material. But with online classes, there is no social interaction. All of the interaction that you do with your peers is solely online. You do not get to know your classmates. I feel like online classes also bring about laziness because you don’t have to leave and go to class, you can just stay at home and do what you need to do. like having to go to class for the day because it gets me out of the house and lets me feel like I have done something productive for the day. The two different styles both depend on the type of person. Some people like being face-to-face and the social interaction, while others would prefer to do things on their own time.

    To conclude, the coronavirus has shed a new light on online classes because of the way universities in China are incorporating them into their structure. Many universities in China have switched to an online platform style of learning to further prevent spreading of the virus. Students will gain an important skill, self-discipline, from having to strategically plan a structure that will help them succeed in their course. This will heavily benefit them once they graduate from college. The coronavirus has also caused some havoc in universities in the United States because of the traveling students do during spring break. Although people in their early twenties are not as susceptible to catching the virus, there are still a small amount of younger people that do get diagnosed with the coronavirus. It is a possibility United States will end up doing online classes when students come back from spring break because of the various traveling. It is truly astonishing to me that the virus is impacting so many businesses throughout the world.

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    McCready, Trevor. “13 Huge Advantages To Taking Online Classes.” Cornerstone University, 13 Apr. 2017, http://www.cornerstone.edu/blogs/lifelong-learning-matters/post/13-huge-advantages-to-taking-online-classes.

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  39. With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, the whole world has been put onto red alert. With over 100 confirmed cases, it has come to the point where travel bans are being issued and people are being quarantined. Most recently, this epidemic has caused an issue for U.S. college students in China. As the winter break drew to a close and spring classes have started up, no one has been showing up to college campuses because of the fear of catching this virus. Realizing this, the colleges have begun to move their spring semesters online so that the students are safer. With the recent travel bans being placed into full effect, the Chinese government has issued that the universities be closed permanently for the time being. Although a stressful time, it has brought college faculty together to help solve this issue. These faculties have helped college students stay on track for their degrees. Universities such as NYU Shanghai have transitioned their classes online in order to still provide education to their students. Though a negative, the transition from in-person to online classes has been a positive event that has resulted from this issue. Universities are learning that no matter what happens whether weather or outbreak, in this case, they can still serve and provide their student’s education. Since technology has evolved so quickly in recent years, it has never been easier to learn and communicate with others on the internet. Even today, universities provide degree programs online. Maybe soon, universities might even switch to most of their programs online, so that it is convenient, easier, and less stressful to get an education. All in all, the colleges have turned a negative issue into a more positive one. Hopefully, the virus will stop its horrible impact soon.

  40. The coronavirus is spreading fast across the world. The outbreak of the coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China. Today, the corona virus has already spread to parts in North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. This epidemic has caused panic to people all around the world. Face masks and hand sanitizers are sold out in many stores. Stores like ShopRite and Costco have placed limits on the amount of water that can be purchased. Traveling has become dangerous, there is a risk of catching the coronavirus when traveling. Universities are being forced to cancel study abroad programs. Not only this, but universities that have branches located in China, have taken precautions to close their campuses and switch to teaching online.
    Unites States universities that have branches in China, such as Duke Kunshan University and New York University Shanghai have had to make their students revert to taking classes online. The universities were hoping to have students return to campus after winter break, but with travel restrictions still in place, therefore they had to provide classes to be taught online. More then 500 classes were moved online in a short span of time, which is remarkable. The technology we have today has made this possible, this would not have been possible to do years ago. Video conferences and online chat service makes it easy for students to communicate with faculty.
    I believe that this was a smart move to transform classes from campus to online classes. The health and safety of students is top priority. Although, education is very important for students as well. It would not be practical for students to lose an entire semester, or possibly more, of classes. This is a great transition for students, they will be able to keep up with their education, but staying safe and healthy at the same time. These universities did the right thing by transitioning classes in China to online for their students.

  41. First, I think it is commendable that professors and staff members worked overtime to turn all classes into online courses due to concerns of the spread of the coronavirus. It seems that it was stressful for them to work on a tight timeline, but I am sure many students are grateful because now their graduations won’t be postponed. This article also highlights how many students are enjoying their classes being taught online. I think that this is something that should perhaps be considered for students who wish to pursue this going forward. Yes, obviously there are some classes that are offered online, however, I am talking about a full virtual college experience.

    The benefits of having virtual classes full time will allow students maximum freedom and structure to plan their schedules accordingly. This would be especially favorable for students who work jobs, have internships, etc. They could participate in blogs, discussions, and even take exams, at their own comfort. Additionally, there is the flexibility of having access to course-work everywhere. Since everything is done online all students would need is a laptop or access to the internet, which is widely available. As someone who works and struggles to plan classes around their work schedule, I argue that this is something that should be more of an option for college students.

    https://www.waldenu.edu/programs/resource/seven-benefits-of-a-virtual-classroom

  42. The Coronavirus is a major worldwide epidemic that has recently sent millions of people into hospitals or in even worse cases, cause them to lose their lives. This virus needs to be taken seriously throughout workspaces and schools as it takes one person to spread it to many others. In this article, universities such as Duke Kunshan and New York, in China are shut down due to the virus being widely spread forcing students to take their courses online. The universities had three weeks to completely turn their courses into online courses in order for their students to finish up the semester. This virus has completely turned these universities upside down by not having any choice in resuming classes in person. I believe that although they were able to successfully transfer these courses to an online format, that it will not reflect as successful within the students’ grades. Many students are not used to online courses or have never taken one before, so this can be a very dramatic change for them. I do believe that the universities have made a good call to not have the students return to campus after their break for Lunar New Year. This action not only protects the staff and the students, but it also prevents the outbreak from growing and effecting more people. The article mentions that the courses try to incorporate discussion boards and videos in order to keep the classes somewhat hands on. I have taken a few online courses throughout college that incorporated discussion boards and video recordings which have helped me successful understand and pass the class. I think that they are on the right track to helping their students, but I do not know how long they will be able to sustain this online education for their students and if it will keep their students from dropping out. I hope that this online teaching allows students to continue to be successful until this epidemic is contained and their university is back open.

  43. Shifting over 500 classes to online classes is unheard of. Shifting 500 classes to online classes over a short span of 3 weeks is insane. Shifting 500 classes to online classes over a span of 3 weeks when almost 90% of your staff has little to no online class experience just sounds impossible! I am extremely impressed that they were able to pull this off given the circumstances and obstacles stacked against them. Sadly these are the steps that need to be taken to ensure the safety of students.

    Being a student on a small college campus, I can say that I come into contact with at least 100 students a day. I can only imagine larger campuses with larger classes. One student can come in contact with hundreds of students a day, usually five days a week; and being that college students typically live on campus with other students, a disease is bound to spread. Especially if the disease is as highly contagious as the Corona Virus.

    One of my main concerns with switching all classes to online would be how student grades may be impacted. Although a percentage of students may prefer online classes, a majority of students may still prefer a face to face classroom. This sudden transition could have caused student grades and satisfaction to drop significantly. But it seems as though both the professors and students are giving positive feedback. I believe this could lead to a lot more online classes in the future for the school, giving students the chance to learn in a different way in which they may prefer.

  44. With more and more cases of Coronavirus being reported throughout the United States, people have begun to realize how serious this disease really is. When the disease was mostly in China months ago, many Americans did not take it that seriously. As we know now this should have been taken very serious as each day more and more Americans are being confirmed with having the Coronavirus. Stores across the country are sold out of products such as face masks and hand sanitizer. Many airlines have already said they are planning to cut back on international flights by next month. Students studying abroad in countries like Italy, where the virus is very bad, are being forced to cut their trips short. Businesses have had to figure out where they are going to manufacture their products because it is not a good idea to be in China right now. This virus has caused investors to become wary of the market and this has caused the stock market to continue to go lower and lower. Cruise ships that were out to sea are being forced to stay off port in quarantine until all passengers can be tested. This virus has altered many things about the world and who knows how much worse it will get in the United States.

    Since there are a few confirmed causes in Bucks County, PA some schools have decided that they will not have school due to fear of more people contracting it. It will be interesting to see if more schools in affected areas continue the trend of closing schools. Also, it could be possible that either state governments or the federal government could force all schools to shut down until this disease is contained. Could it be possible that after spring break the disease worsens and Rider could turn to online classes exclusively? It is definitely a possibility because it might not be worth it to leave your house for class if you are worried about getting sick. This is also a very interesting topic in the workplace. With the fear of contracting the virus being so high, many people have decided to work remotely instead of going into the office. If this disease continues to get worse, will businesses just close their doors until it is over. This is also going to affect retail stores because many people are going to want to stay home. Malls and movie theaters are going to suffer a lot because they are public places and they are areas to avoid. Sporting events are going to impacted as well because games in the United States might be played with no fans just like they are implementing in Europe. Overall, many different businesses are going to be impacted by this disease. Who knows, maybe the rest of this semester could be conducted online.

  45. 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 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/03/06/coronavirus-live-updates/). In New Jersey, as of today, we have 4 confirmed cases of those infected with coronavirus (https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/nj-gets-3rd-positive-covid-19-test-with-case-near-philadelphia/2315647/). 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 (https://www.npr.org/2020/03/06/812462913/6-ways-universities-are-responding-to-coronavirus) . 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

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