Delaware Technical and Community College will continue its distance learning format for the fall semester, according to an email sent to students on Thursday.
“In light of the health data we’ve been monitoring throughout the summer, we have decided to maintain the current distance learning format for the fall semester,” President Mark Brainard says in the email.
The college, with campuses in Georgetown, Stanton, Dover and Wilmington, moved to online formats for the summer semester due to the coronavirus pandemic in the state. Students use Zoom, a program and app that allows face-to-face conversation and classroom setting. It is also used for tutoring, advising and administrating.
Students are split on the online format. While some say they like the online format because of the ability to stay at home, others are not in favor of a lack of a classroom atmosphere.
“I understand the reason behind it, but it’s hard for me to understand and not the same as being in the classroom,” says Anise Lee, a student at the campus in Dover. “We all want to be safe but [online learning] is not the same for me.”
Other students say they like the format because of the ability to stay at home
While most classes will remain in online format, Brainard says a limited number of skills laboratory courses will remain in person on campus. Clinicals for nursing and other health courses will also continue off campus.
“We know that this is disappointing for all of us who want to be back on campus, but our first responsibility is to protect the health and safety of our students, employees, and community at large,” Brainard says.
Any in-person activities at campuses across Delaware will continue to be monitored under the Center for Disease Control and Delaware Department of Health guidelines. That includes screening anyone who enters, mandatory mask wearing, social distancing and thorough disinfecting of classrooms and labs.
Fall semester at Delaware Tech begins on Aug. 29.