March 10, Harvard University management decided to transfer students to distance learning because of the situation with the spread of coronavirus, said on Tuesday the president of this institution Larry Bacow. “We will begin the transition to virtual learning … Our goal is to complete this transition by Monday, March 23, when the first classes should begin after the spring break,” said Bacou’s address on the university’s website.
In addition, the president of the educational institution asked students, if possible, not to return to the hostels after the holidays. “Our actions are in line with the recommendations of leading healthcare providers to limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Harvard President.
Previously, other American universities introduced additional measures due to coronavirus. For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced the cancellation or postponement of many events at a later date.
Starting Tuesday, all classes for groups of more than 150 people will be broadcast online on the Internet. Meanwhile, the leadership of the Massachusetts University of Technology indicated that, despite the new measures, “intermediate exams will be held in accordance with the schedule.”
Columbia University in New York on Monday and Tuesday completely canceled classes, and also said that from Wednesday students will be transferred to distance learning. “Please understand that the decision to cancel classes does not mean that the university is closing down. This action is aimed at preventing the spread of the virus,” said educational institution president Lee Bollinger.
According to the latest data, more than 700 cases of infection with the new type of coronavirus COVID-19 have been identified in the United States. The first place in the number of patients with coronavirus is occupied by the state of Washington, in second place is New York, in third is California. Fatal outcome recorded in 27 cases.
As of March 10, more than 116 thousand cases of COVID-19 infection were recorded in the world. More than 4 thousand people have died.
Distance Learning at Harvard
If your goal is to study at one of the best universities in the world, but you don’t have a lot of money to implement your plan, or for some other reason you cannot go there to study, do not be upset. There are other ways to achieve this goal.
A very popular way to achieve the desired knowledge is to study at distance courses or programs in a variety of well-known universities in the world. One of these universities, which carries out such activities, is Harvard University. Joining the ranks of students at this university is incredibly difficult, and learning a course is expensive. As a result, many people who want to join the students choose a way to study online. It is many times easier and as much cheaper.
More than 200 online courses are available at the Harvard Extension School at Harvard University. Most of the lectures are given by professors and teachers of the “full-time department”. Which has a positive effect on the level of teaching educational material, and as a result, the quality of knowledge improves. Diplomas received in the correspondence department have the same degree of recognition as in the full-time department.
A number of proposed areas require a short presence during the sessions at the department of the university. This is a rare opportunity to make the right acquaintances that students may need in their upcoming careers. It is no secret that Harvard is a forge of future leaders. A leader with a rich circle of acquaintances is doubly successful.
The principle of teaching at the Harvard correspondence school is based on a web conference. Using the Zoom and Adobe Connect computer programs, students can communicate and discuss in real time, during a web conference, with the same students as they are, as well as with the teachers of the course. Before classes, they take a short training course in these programs.
As for the financial component, the course consists of “credits” (offsets). The cost of one “credits” varies from the chosen direction and the degree that the student plans to acquire in this direction. For example, to get a bachelor’s degree you will have to pay between $ 500 and $ 1,200 for one credits, and to get a master’s level you need to pay $ 1,500 for credits. The number of such “credits” may be more than a dozen during the entire training period. Accordingly, the cost of the entire course can grow to tens of thousands of dollars per year. But don’t say it, but the knowledge gained at Harvard is worth the money.