Goldman and Karam: Coronavirus forces colleges online — will learning ever be the same?
Colleges and universities have been at the forefront of the nation’s response to the alarming spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, with many turning to remote online learning to meet social distancing goals. Though the changes are currently viewed as temporary, they could have lingering impacts on higher education.For years, many colleges and universities across America have been shifting portions of their classes and programs from the traditional on-campus face-to-face format to either 100 percent online courses or hybrid courses that blend online content with specific in-person experiences like practical exercises or laboratory sessions.An increasing number of colleges and universities are now stopping or dramatically reducing face-to-face instruction and shifting education to online platforms to slow the spread of COVID-19. This apparently temporary shift to online delivery looks to rapidly accelerate and broaden the shift toward distance learning that is already taking place.JASON GREENBLATT: CORONAVIRUS IS OUR COMMON ENEMY – AMERICANS MUST UNITE TO FIGHT ITDistance learning has both benefits and risks to students and to colleges.If a college has already invested in an online learning platform, faculty may be able to transition to some form of online teaching in a few days. But we don’t expect this rapid,