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Online college classes...how does that work?

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I'm in my second semester of Italian at the College of Charleston. I'm using the SC 60 + tuition exemption program. Spring Break begins after classes tomorrow and once over, all classes will resume online due to the virus. I am somewhat technically challenged, don't even Face Time, and have yet to learn how to access an online class and have no clue what to expect. We have oral presentations coming up. The professor selects students (unknown to us as to whom we will be paired with until that moment) and we have to carry on a conversation in Italian for a period of time on a given subject and.....gulp... "in front of" the class. How does that happen online?
 
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One of our daughters took a lot of online classes at Rutgers as part of her degree. Rutgers has many online classes so they are pretty well set up for this. (Our youngest daughter is a current senior at a much smaller college that has almost no online presence, so they are going to have a much steeper learning curve.)

Usually your professor will send you a link for a class workspace before the online class meetings. You may need to download software to use the workspace. You may already have done this. Once you get into the workspace, you will be able to see posts from the professor, with comments from students, then sometimes a link to a video of a lecture by the professor. If you don't know where to go, email the professor asap and ask.

For your presentations and live lectures, you will need a computer with a microphone and a camera, or else you can use your smartphone. Some schools use programs like Zoom, which let a whole group of people gather for essentially a conference call with visuals. I've used this and it's very easy, you can definitely do it. Some schools have their own private programs, but they all work about the same.

The presentations will probably be like you are in a lecture, with the professor leading the class and everyone participating from wherever they are. The main image on your screen toggles from person to person, following the person who is speaking. The program will probably have split-screen or screen-in-screen capabilities so you can see your partner as you have your conversation in Italian. You may be able to see the professor, too. Good luck!
 

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One of our daughters took a lot of online classes at Rutgers as part of her degree. Rutgers has many online classes so they are pretty well set up for this. (Our youngest daughter is a current senior at a much smaller college that has almost no online presence, so they are going to have a much steeper learning curve.)

Usually your professor will send you a link for a class workspace before the online class meetings. You may need to download software to use the workspace. You may already have done this. Once you get into the workspace, you will be able to see posts from the professor, with comments from students, then sometimes a link to a video of a lecture by the professor. If you don't know where to go, email the professor asap and ask.

For your presentations and live lectures, you will need a computer with a microphone and a camera, or else you can use your smartphone. Some schools use programs like Zoom, which let a whole group of people gather for essentially a conference call with visuals. I've used this and it's very easy, you can definitely do it. Some schools have their own private programs, but they all work about the same.

The presentations will probably be like you are in a lecture, with the professor leading the class and everyone participating from wherever they are. The main image on your screen toggles from person to person, following the person who is speaking. The program will probably have split-screen or screen-in-screen capabilities so you can see your partner as you have your conversation in Italian. You may be able to see the professor, too. Good luck!
This was such a good post. My DH is IT for a large University and an adjunct instructor and this is exactly what he said. Thanks for the great post.
I will add, he has been making internal videos to teach people how to use the stuff and I'm sure there are a ton on YouTube with point by point instructions if your schools resources are confusing
 

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Thanks! My Rutgers daughter actually did an online class in public speaking, which we were completely astonished by--since honestly, public speaking on a computer screen is not the same as public speaking in front of a large audience. Her first presentation was supposed to be about an object that is meaningful to you. Most people did "My Grandmother's Bracelet" or "The Famous Painting That Speaks to Me." She did Secret Ultra-Dry Antiperspirant. It was pretty funny and the "audience" was very enthusiastic.

That said, a lot of smaller colleges will really be struggling with this over the next few weeks. Rutgers has a lot of flaws, but even under normal circumstances, they offer more online classes than most small colleges have classes, period. Plus the companies that provide the tech are already under tremendous strain. I salute your DH, these are trying times for IT at colleges!
 

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I completed University when class sizes were small and you interacted face to face with your Professor sometimes after class was over. I don't understand how I could have learned as much with auditorium size lectures and on line classes...

George
 

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My middle received her masters without ever stepping foot on the campus of that particular university. And my oldest is wrapping up her teaching credential program with the exception of student teaching - all online. It's normal and reasonable for them.

Come to think of it all of my continuing education for my license is also online.
 

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My dd got his Master's online at the University of Liverpool without setting foot on campus. We did however go there for his graduation ceremony.
 

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My kids are in middle and high school. Every kid in the school district has a school computer. All teachers use google classroom to post assignments and turn in a lot of assignments. Just last week my daughter mad a collage on a large poster board as part of a larger assignment. She took a picture of it and turned it in online. Even the band directors have the kids submit recordings of themselves online. One program or app tells the kids in real time how well they're playing the music. If they do extend Spring Break or have to cancel classes the teachers will still be able to assign school work. It's not as good as going to class in person. However, given the situation it's better no lessons at all.

PS. I reserve the to change my mind if in a couple of weeks I report back that this doing school from home is making me crazy. o_O
 

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If this is so good why are American student’s that ranked in the top ten in math and science with students around the world.
 
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