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    Art Janke

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There are 18 comments on BU Plans Fall In-Person/Remote Hybrid Teaching of 44 Graduate and Professional Programs

  1. Online courses are a sub par option for learning . Students should not be subject to pay current Tuition with the quality of learning impacted.

    1. Agreed. But are the in-class tuition rates for BU “worth it”? For me, there is no way to justify their tuition no matter what matrix is considered. They have not accumulated that kind of endowment through their generosity. And you have endowments for rainy days – and there has been days like this for a century or so… For all of the credit they get (or take) for their “woke-ness” they sure operate like a greedy drug cartel when it comes to finances. Kudos however for having and discussing a plan. Ahead of most institutions in that regard – at least impacted students, etc can begin to prepare.

      1. I do think in the in person experience with BU staff is worth tuition. The experience is great, i look forward to my lectures at BU within my program. I look forward to more in person courses.

  2. I have talked to my daughter about this very same type of process going into Fall 2020. My daughter is a freshman as of right now at BU. When she starts back in the fall, I explained that the school should be prepared to receive students by making sure they are healthy. Everyone should be tested before the semester which is a student and parent responsibility. Positive students should resume regular activities on campus.

    If a student falls ill during the semester, the school should have them tested right away (insurance billed), isolate them on campus, and allow for regular classes through an online process. The school would have to figure out a way to get the students meals (in Dorms) so as to not infect others if they test positive. If the period of the virus is 14 days, the school has to develop a rolling process to accommodate those that require isolation.

    Testing is the key to beating this virus and once a vaccine is rolled out, that would get us closer to the normal we all know and love about the college experience at BU.

  3. Great points Donald. Lots of details to work out but I suspect (and hope) precautions will include facility changes (limiting elevator use to handicapped, for example).

    I’d take it a step further and suggest that student access to in-person classes must be contingent on adherence to strict public health requirements. These requirements must be verifiable and actively enforced.

    These measures will be over the top and draconian. However, this is a campus, not a town. Just like a lot of things we took for granted before the pandemic, in-person learning will be a luxury.

    That luxury should be available as an option included in tuition, but additional payment in the form of strict adherence to burdensome, annoying and even draconian PH measures are also necessary. This will be the only way to maintain classroom learning until there is widespread vaccinations. Each day of in-person classroom learning will be a win against the odds. Only widespread adherence to strict PH measures will make this worth an attempt.

  4. So which programs is it? Should put that at the top if article so people dont have to read the whole article. Also does this affect price? I hope we’re not going to end up paying regular tuition for online classes, that would be incredibly disappointing

  5. I am in my third year of Master Degree work at BU and I find remote learning superior to classroom work 90% of the time. A few in-person classes would likely be helpful across the semester, but as a rule I think the zoom format is actually a better vehicle for learning. I can have all my questions answered via the chat window without interrupting the flow of the lecture; time will not expire prior to my question being addressed. Further, information can be refined by other students during the lecture as well. None of these things could happen in a classroom setting. Finally, I am able to concentrate fully upon my academics on days of classes instead of worrying about when I will have time to get lunch or fretting over whether or not the T will be running on schedule. I think the hybrid approach will be a welcome change and I hope it is considered as an improvement which can be offered to those who wish to use it well beyond the impact of the current pandemic situation. It may not meet the needs of every student, but it should be an option for those to whom it meets their needs. I would also recommend resources be employed to bring the library’s full complement of material to online access.

    1. I totally agree. I am currently am in the online program. However I also did one class on campus to see what I prefer. Both classes were great. The online class is great because it is at a convenient time and the way the study materials are distributed before the class is extremely helpful to do quick overview of the content for the particular day.

  6. Are hybrid classes a response to fully online classes being subpar? Or a justification by the administration to keep charging the same ludicrous tuition rates (or to keep increasing as always)

  7. I’m surprised that the faculty first learned about this decision from BU Today. I realize that the situation on the ground is moving quickly, but news stories are not a good way to communicate fundamental changes in policy to employees.

  8. This article focuses on the distinction between in-person vs remote education as the main issue, and it seems to regard the real-time vs prerecorded options for online learning as strictly a matter of convenience when, in fact, they are very different experiences, and the choice may not be simple. For instance, many BU students come from Asia, 11-13 time zones away, and I can’t imagine Asian grad students opting to watch classes 12 time zones away in real time, while paying BU tuition. Clearly, more consideration needs to be given to this matter since useful solutions are possible if we are proactive.

  9. I think this is a wonderful plan that BU is gearing up to go. Knowing they will follow all the protocols, it will allow some students to be on campus and participate in both in – class and remote learning experiences when suitable and appropriate. As a BU graduate and a College level instructor at several area small colleges, I have experienced that undergraduates and graduate students really benefit from some in class, true learning experiences. These can then be modified or hybridized when needed or appropriate. Reading this gave me a great sense of hope that Boston University’s model will be one followed by undergraduate and graduate programs all over the country.

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