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Academic Challenges and Opportunities during the 2020 Pandemic
Online-classes, In-person class, Hybrid classes, COVID-19 pandemic, Global village
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic substantially affects economics, social health, and education. Colleges and universities could face potential losses to their normal enrollment numbers. The pandemic forced instructors and students, who were comfortable with traditional face-to-face classrooms, to experience online classes, some for the first time. Research has shown that online classes are not as effective as in-person classes. In this study, hybrid classes are suggested as a solution to decrease the cost of reopening schools: providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for faculty and staff, and the need to sanitize facilities and classrooms thoroughly and repeatedly each day. From hybrid classes, active learning that might not be achieved from online classes could be experienced in regular classrooms. They can allow students to balance their course work and their regular life responsibilities and help them to avoid isolation that can occur in online classes.
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