As our cities and states continue to practice social distancing, no one knows if colleges will teaching online this fall. Colleges face different issues teaching online during a fall semester than they would during the spring and summer. I’d like to share some thoughts as to how colleges might teach everyone online this fall, if they had to. My comments are speculative. But they draw on past experience.
Graduating high school seniors and rising seniors-to-be should consider taking at least one summer college course online, if they can. Online college courses are more demanding than online high school courses. The expectations of the college instructors who will grade your work will be higher. They will also be less accessible than your high school teachers. Some professors will rely more on teaching assistants or tutors. They might never get to know your name.
College students need to work independently and help each other.. They also need to be respectful of the faculty, even when they are frustrated. Their professors are trying to adjust their teaching styles to teach everyone online.
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