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Coronavirus requiring more colleges to embrace virtual education

Updated: Aug 19, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has resulted in colleges and universities closing campuses and transitioning their programs to online campuses. Transition to online classes spurred by the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in some colleges embarking into the world of remote learning. At this time, we don’t know how long the need for social distancing will last. Many colleges have paused classes from several days to entirely or have moved or extended their spring breaks, to give faculty time to ramp up to this new online class model.

Some colleges that already have online courses available, may be equipped with professors with experience using online learning management systems such as Canvas, Moodle and Blackboard, however, for some faculty, teaching via an online learning platform and its corresponding technology may be unfamiliar. The first challenge with online learning is simple, making sure everyone can log on.

One common misconception is that online degree programs are easier than those in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting. Students may have more flexibility as to when they study, but the flexibility comes with challenges. Students will have to complete the same material as in-person, except they also have to really manage their time because no one is reminding them when their work is due. Online courses require more self-direction than traditional courses where face to face instructors are available. Online students who are working full or part time while often raising a family, completing an online course while managing personal obligations will need to develop thoughtful time management and discipline.

I am Dr. Terris Moss and I am passionate about training, teaching and guiding my clients reach their academic goals. I have earned 3 college degrees online and have taught at in 2 prestigious online degree graduate programs. If you or someone you know are struggling or need help completing your online program, I can help with developing strategies based on your individual learning style. My latest book entitled "Online Learning Made Easy and Effective" is a online students guide on how to thrive in online learning programs. Available at all retailers including Amazon and Barnes and Noble or for immediate download:

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