Here’s how online classes can bridge the current education gap for international studies


Studying abroad is a quintessential experience for many students. Each year thousands of students pack their bags and go to different countries for their higher education. This year the Covid-19 pandemic has wrecked the dreams of many. What now?

Universities worldwide believe that despite the spectre of Covid-19 looming large, there’s no reason for students to despair and give up on their study abroad dreams. Instead of waiting for universities to resume physical classes, why not opt for online learning to continue education during the ongoing pandemic.

What to look forward to?

Traditionally, university programmes have been intrinsically based around physical attendance of the students, and digital learning has remained a supplementary support mechanism. However, there is always a way if you look for one. Owing to the ongoing global crisis, academic institutions across the globe are transitioning to online education. Teachers are using online tools to keep their classes

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Melissa Romano visits GFPS, talks with administrators, staff, students about current realities

Skylar Rispens, Great Falls Tribune
Published 3:33 p.m. MT Sept. 23, 2020

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Melissa Romano, right, meets with Mark Lainer, a high school math teacher who is working remotely from Roosevelt School during the COVID-19 pandemic. Romano is running as a Democratic candidate for superintendent of public instruction for Montana. (Photo: SKYLAR RISPENS/GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE)

As school districts across the state of Montana reckon with the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Great Falls Public Schools is no exception.

Since schools reopened in late August GFPS has faced COVID-19 positive individuals in schools across the district that led to the temporary closure of Great Falls High early last week and a ransomware attack on the network. In addition to those challenges, the remote education side of the district is trying to find its footing as well. 

Last week, Democratic candidate of superintendent of public instruction Melissa Romano

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ASU fall commencement to be held online, spring semester will continue with current learning model


Arizona State University announced on Friday that COVID-19 has again forced the graduation ceremony to be held online and further changes to upcoming classes. 

The in-person, traditional fall commencement ceremony and special interest convocations scheduled for the week of Dec. 14 will now be virtual, the announcement said.

Northern Arizona University made the same announcement on Wednesday. 

Both universities said additional details about the now-virtual ceremonies will be released in the coming weeks.

All three state universities also canceled the spring in-person graduation events earlier this year.

Additionally, Session C classes will now end Dec. 4., and courses in the spring semester will continue to be offered both in-person and online, according to Executive Vice President and University Provost Mark Searle in the announcement.

In addition, all classes after the Nov. 26 and 27 Thanksgiving break will be held remotely only, according to the email. The final exam week

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