Online Learning, Hybrid Classes and Virtual Reality: Philly Universities Prepare for a Risky Fall Semester

Schools in the Philadelphia area are already resigned to the potential for a combination of online and in-person instruction this fall. Shannon McLaughlin Rooney, a spokesperson for the Community College of Philadelphia, says the school is planning for “multiple possible scenarios,” including “fully in-person classes, hybrid classes with a mix of in-person and online instruction, and fully remote classes.”...For its part, the Community College of Philadelphia has already convened an administrative group to work on a plan that will focus on online learning and technological advances in the short term and permanently, Rooney says: “Regardless of how this pandemic continues, we know the shift to technology-based education will accelerate.”