As you probably know, last week the east coast faced one of the most devastating storms we’ve seen, Hurricane Sandy. I live in Brooklyn, New York and throughout all the boroughs, our transportation system, the MTA was shut down. Little by little the trains and busses have been put back into action, but due to the suspensions, Baruch College and most other schools were closed.
On Monday, November 5th, I received this message from the school:
Of course on that day, Baruch College Facebook pages and groups flooded with complaints including work obligations, travel inconveniences, religious obligations and much more. How do they expect every student to be available on these days? After all, we set up our schedules for certain days and times for a reason.
But we have to get the amount of education we paid for right? So what’s the solution? NEW MEDIA!
There are many new media options we can use to overcome this problem. In my opinion, a couple of online lessons would be a great alternative to coming in on the extra days listed. Professors can utilize our class organization platform, Blackboard, to post YouTube video lectures, assigned readings and use the discussion board function for class participation. This way, we will be provided with the information we would have learned in class and interact with the professor and other students, essentially gaining the same knowledge we would receive in person, while preventing the interruption of our previously scheduled obligations.
What ideas do you think would help?