NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Most of Middlesex County College’s fall classes will be offered remotely, and its New Brunswick Center will not host any in-person classes.
President Mark McCormick said that about 90% of classes at the Edison-based college will be offered online in an attempt to mitigate the risks of exposure to COVID-19, according to press release.
Many of the courses will be converted into what the college is calling “Remote Live,” which are classes held at a scheduled day and time using video conferencing. Students interact with the professor and fellow students in real-time, although some sections may include assignments for students to complete on their own instead of meeting for every scheduled class session.
“The second half of our spring semester was conducted using Remote Live, and it was very successful,” McCormick said.
Traditional online courses will also be offered. In these, the student works when it is convenient, and completes assignments by the due date. There are no required weekly meeting times and course materials and assignments are submitted online.
“This mode is a good option for students who prefer a flexible schedule and have effective time management skills,” McCormick said.
Some programs – such as nursing, dental hygiene, fine arts, radiography, engineering, and culinary arts – include courses that require in-person instruction and those courses will be offered in a hybrid format, with about half of the sessions online or Remote Live and half in person.
“All on-campus instruction will adhere to strict health and safety protocols in compliance with state and local guidance,” he said.
For all fall courses, students will need access to a computer or tablet with microphone and the internet. For students without access to a computer, the College has laptops available for loan. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
“We want to ensure that students receive the education they need and deserve while at the same time protecting their health and safety,” McCormick said.
Middlesex County College moved to remote learning on March 14 in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
The college’s New Brunswick Center on New Strew typically offer more than 70 course sections in English, math accounting and other fields.
A spokesman for the school said it is still identifying ways in which to offer limited support services at the site via appointment.
Middlesex County College is home to about 900 students at its New Brunswick satellite center on New Street. Between its main campus in Edison and its centers in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy, the school had an enrollment of more than 11,000 in 2018.