Updates on Online Courses Offered at Manhattan College – The Quadrangle

Through Josh Grewal, assistant Social Media Editor

Although the college has phased out most online and hybrid instructional options in the current academic year, the summer and fall 2022 course catalog will include short distance learning offerings for flexibility.

This year, students saw a hybrid implementation of online and face-to-face courses, largely due to the looming threat of COVID. Going forward, the College encourages that we will return to a greater majority of face-to-face classes, rather than their online counterparts.

An email sent from the Office of the President on March 19, 2021 announced Jaspers’ full in-person return to campus for the 2021-2022 academic year.

“We expect all students, faculty and staff to be on campus in person. It is important that we return to campus to provide students with the robust living and learning experiences that are a hallmark of the Manhattan College experience,” the email said.

Due to the full return, distance learning has mostly been halted, causing some issues for students who contracted the COVID-19 virus and were unable to attend classes.

Although the information on the exact number of online options for future courses is not known, it can be said that online options will be available in the future for graduate and possibly undergraduate students. For the upcoming fall semester, the enrollment website is offering some hybrid classroom and full online courses.

Provost Steven Schreiner says each learning style is important. He breaks down the components that went into each learning style, making clear what was required for each and how they would benefit the entire student body.

Schreiner was able to address the importance of each learning style by comparing in-person and online learning and how they differ from each other. He emphasizes the value of in-person learning on the Manhattan College campus.

“Not that online isn’t equally good, but for our typical student population, there’s great value in being face-to-face and interacting with professors and each other in class,” said Schreiner. “Well, I’ll put it this way, geez, it would be weird if a student sat in their dorm room and had all the online courses, that would be weird right? It doesn’t make sense, you’re not making full use of the environment you’re in.”

Schreiner emphasizes the importance of flexible options during intercession for students who want to advance their studies but do not have access to campus. However, he emphasizes the value of in-person learning for students on campus.

“For example, as an intercession, we are strategically offering online courses to help students access these courses and progress toward graduation,” Schreiner said. “So in terms of summer and intermediate courses, students have access to online programs, but not necessarily during semesters.”

However, graduate programs will continue to offer online or hybrid course offerings, with some of the programs being entirely online.

“The graduate program is a different story,” said Schreiner. “We have some graduate programs that are entirely online, some of them asynchronous, meaning I go online and do the course in my own place, on my own time, then there’s synchronous at times where it’s like no, I have set ones Meeting times, I will actually be online, virtually with the faculty member, which we think also has great value given the interaction with a faculty member. So our graduate programs have a variety of ways in which online play impacts.”

Schreiner believes the classroom is critical to Manhattan College’s future but will adapt to new advances in technology.

“It’s amazing that you can learn deeper and faster than my generation. Technology will do that. We have to be open to that,” said Schreiner.

Freshman Evan O’Grady, a student considering taking courses this summer, believes online course offerings have several benefits for the student body.

“Online education is good because it gives easy access to a good education for students who live farther from school or who have trouble commuting, and for people who don’t want to fully commit to living in a dorm or having a car own even if gas prices are even higher. Online courses are best for this. Personally, I’m considering taking online classes,” O’Grady said.

Freshman Xavier Peña, a student who doesn’t have easy access to campus during breaks, believes the system of keeping some online course options is really important.

“Well, I’m having a great semester at Manhattan College right now,” Peña said. “But this summer I’m thinking about doing an online course. Or at least I plan to take an online course. I do not know. I think online courses are very useful in the summer because I live very far away. I currently live in California with my family. So I will definitely prefer an online course, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like face-to-face classes. Honestly it’s better. Personally, I’ve learned better, but an online course in the summer will be very helpful.”

Online courses are tools designed to help those trying to improve their degree. During these unprecedented times, the college continues to adjust its learning styles.

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