Transitioning to Online (CF Updates)

CF’s way to keep students and staff safe from the virus

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From in-class to online, CF goes out of its way to ensure the safety of its students and faculty. On March 30, classes started getting conducted online after a week of preparation from each professor. All classes will continue for the rest of the spring semester in an online format.

After a few changes, due to the uncertain timeline of COVID-19, Summer A and Summer C classes, which begin May 13, will be offered online. Though we miss seeing you on campus, we want to ensure your health and safety. If you have already registered for an on-campus course (A and C terms), we will be reaching out to you about transitioning to an online section. If you have already registered for online classes, there is nothing that you need do. We will continue our fully online class delivery for Summer B, which is offered June 29-Aug. 10.

Unfortunately, CF is no longer offering open labs for students that have technology and internet issues. Instead, CF is offering internet access from all parking lots on each campus. They’ve also purchased 25 laptops that are available for students without technology access. 

If you are without internet access in your house or area, go to https://thepatriotpresscf.com/917/home/internet-access-at-cf/ to learn about the wifi connection in the parking lot at the CF Ocala campus.

The CF Bookstore will be operated through online purchases and delivery is offered with free shipping. For textbook rentals, all off-campus students are offered a free printable shipping label. Each student is given one per semester and is recommended to return all books when all studies are completed. However, the entire CF Bookstore is available online! Go to https://cf.bncollege.com. All summer orders have free shipping.

Since the start of the transition, managing classes has had its ups and downs. Few professors have struggled with this transition due to having to switch in-class assignments into online formats.

With students dealing with this transition, some have struggled with managing time and having to teach themselves. Especially for students with bigger families, online classes have become more difficult. “Everyone having to do online work all at the same time may cause the Wi-Fi to run slower which could hinder a student while doing timed online assignments,” said Felicia Somwaru, a student.

“Managing entirely online courses is pretty easy for me, as long as I budget my time,” said Patrick Bailey, a humanities and social science professor. “The recent transition was easy because I design all of my courses for online format by default.” 

According to Bailey, the only discussion that he’s heard since the transition was the need to ensure that all students have what they need in order to participate in courses.

Most of CF’s students and faculty understand the risk everyone’s put in with this virus. Isabella Ortiz, a student, said, “Even CF keeping the college open for those who need internet access is pretty risky as it is, which is why I personally haven’t taken the suggestion.” Ortiz explained that even though she doesn’t like the idea of spring graduation being held online, she’s okay if that’s what needs to happen to keep people safe.

Some professors, such as Jose Toro-Clarke believes that the “Stay at Home,” lockdown will last longer than planned. His reason for this was explained by a quote from the NBC New York Associated Press that said, “public health officials say this will take a year to 18 months to fully validate any potential vaccine.” Toro-Clarke believes that with how things are evolving and people not following the rules, this lockdown could last longer or close to that mark.

Although students and instructors can’t meet face-to-face, professors are still willing to help any student through the contact of emails, phone calls, and virtual meetings. “Even though we’ve moved to virtual, CF still has tons of resources for students to be successful personally, professionally, and academically. If you’re experiencing any issues, even if they’re not related to coursework, make sure to speak up and lean on the CF community for help,” said Melissa Schuck, an English professor.