Transitioning To Online Classrooms Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) disease continues to spread across the United States and the world at an alarming rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are now more than 11,000 cases in the U.S., where each state has witnessed at least one infection. In New York City, there have been over 3,600 cases reported, and approximately half of those infected in the city are under the age of 50, according to The New York Times.

Given the increasing prevalence of this pandemic in New York, nearly all colleges, universities and other learning institutions have decided to suspend in-person classes until further notice and transition to offering on-line lessons. Alpha Prime Tech is one such institution.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were projected to become a mainstay of higher education when they first began gaining traction in 2012, but this enthusiasm quickly dissipated. According to the digital media website Inside Higher Ed, approximately 3.13% of all MOOC participants completed their courses during the 2017-2018 school year, a proportion that dropped relative to the previous three academic years. Now, however, digital learning could likely become a quintessential part of how career schools teach students. In recent years, platforms like FutureLearn have gradually been launching new products and “bundles” that offer unlimited access to short online courses. Coursera, for example, just announced it will allow universities across the globe affected by COVID-19 to gain free access to a catalog of courses from various industry players. For the foreseeable future (at least a few weeks or the remainder of the spring semester in some cases), students at several higher learning institutions will turn in assignments via either email or online portals and participate in class discussions held via Zoom-type video calls or in chat rooms.

Obviously, the main risks of conducting learning on digital platforms relate to technical difficulties like login issues, coding errors, and audiovisual quality problems for video chats. Thus, it’s important to have a team of tech professionals on hand who are prepared to assist with any of these potential issues.

Alpha Prime Tech is a private career school licensed by the New York Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision that was established in 2014. It is dedicated to offering training courses and hands-on corporate training for various business and information technology-related professional fields, including project management, business analytics, cybersecurity, paralegal studies, and accounting. Call us today at (646) 906-8588 or contact us online to learn more about how we are handling this transition process.