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City College begins fully online instruction


In the 11 days since Los Rios Community College District canceled all face-to-face classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students and faculty have been adjusting to the new dynamics. Faculty and staff had a few days to prepare for the transition, and fully online instruction began March 18 for City College students.

The transition period has been strange, according to Sarah Bouchard, a physical therapist assistant major. During the first week of the transition, Bouchard said her experience has been frustrating for both professors and students.

“It has been a weird transition time because my program isn’t meant to be taught solely online,” said Bouchard.

According to Bouchard, her professors haven’t had much of a discussion with students regarding COVID-19, “other than the frustration they are feeling and pressure from the rapid change.”

Students and professors have found it difficult to adjust to online classes. Bouchard said that she plans to complete her classes online, but will have to postpone taking her last final before she can graduate, due to COVID-19. 

“I will have to take my last clinical practicum for the PTA program in summer [or] fall before I am able to graduate,” said Bouchard. “Unfortunately, a lot of things are still up in the air.”

Lawrence Torres, audio visual major, said the transition has been pretty awkward for him. 

“Some of my peers from other colleges are having a smooth transition since it is currently their spring break. We only had at least a few days,” said Torres. 

He has been adapting to online classes and has been able to do his classes from home, although they were classes meant to be taught in a traditional classroom setting. 

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“I’ve been rearranging my bedroom to set up for online classes,” said Torres.  “One of my classes [piano] requires me to move my keyboards to my room and have a camera setup. Other than that, it’s mostly been waiting for updates from my professors.”

Sonja Noble, a psychology major who is taking three classes, said that one of her instructors had provided her students with all the resources they’d need to complete their classwork. 

“I’m at peace. You just have to keep it moving and have faith that things will turn out all right,” said Noble. 

Other students like Alex Ng, anthropology and management major, are still apprehensive about the transition. 

“There’s a lot of concerning aspects to this transition that, at least in my experience, I have never seen a whole campus moved online during a pandemic,” said Ng, a tutor in the Writing Center. “I wonder if this transition will inhibit a lot of learning objectives of the courses, and is it sustainable long term? I also recognize that a large number of our student body is impacted by this outbreak. I hope that they are able to access the necessary resources to continue with their courses and stay healthy. As more personal concerns, I’m just worried about my grades and whether I will still be able to transfer to my next college in fall of 2020.”

Like Ng, Adam Beckner, also works as a tutor but in the Reading and Writing Lab, and is continuing his part-time job from home using Canvas’ ConferZoom function.

“We had severe technical problems the first day,” said Beckner, an anthropology major, “and so far I’ve only been able to tutor one student for a significant amount of time, but I’m getting the hang of it, and I think it will get better as time goes on.”

Beckner has said he’s been doing his best to stay on top of his course work. 

“My classes have moved completely online, for each of my professors that means something different,” said Beckner. “Some are doing online lectures over Zoom at our normal class time, some are setting us up with outside resources like MyMathLab, and others are doing everything through slides posted on canvas.

Reporting by: Casey Rafter, Luan Nguyen, Alicia Orozco and Priscilla Garcia-Pargas

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