OCCC Main Campus gets populated after pandemic. Photo by Khi Davis

After a very long and difficult few years of remote learning, teaching, and working we are ready to back together. OCCC has offered online learning opportunities for years and will continue to offer them on or offline.

The pandemic happened just before spring break. Students that were coming to the school for classes found themselves having to finish the rest of the semester online.

This was a difficult transition for some students because they went from being in a classroom with other students and a professor to online in such a short amount of time. Students went from being face-to-face with their instructors communicating through e-mail with their professors when they needed help.
Students no longer had the option of walking into the math lab and writing center to get the extra help they needed. Students had to make appointments online and had to see a tutor and meet with them on Zoom.

Some students had a difficult time passing their classes because of this transition. Luckily, OCCC had their student’s backs by forgiving students for their poor performance and not letting the bad grade go on their record.

Most of our lecture-based courses will be moved to an online format, most courses will automatically become online classes. Some labs will be online, but others will be on campus.
Programs will off hybrid classes with a mix of in-person activities for hands-on work and online for portions of the class materials. Your professor will contact you with specific information about your course.

After a very long and difficult few years of remote learning, teaching, and working we are ready to back together. OCCC has offered online learning opportunities for years and will continue to offer them on or offline.

Some students need that face-to-face connection because that’s how they learn the best. Students will have the opportunity to request in-person classes are stay online.

Dr. David Zeoli, a mass communication professor at Oklahoma Community College and second year working at the college was asked if he likes teaching in person more he said, “You know it depends on the subject. I think some subjects lend themselves maybe equally to online and others perhaps would be better in person. I also try to be as flexible as I can to develop my classes both ways whenever I can.”

When asked what he thinks about the campus being empty during the pandemic, to being full he said, “Well, you know, it’s fantastic I think I told somebody the other day, I never thought I would be so happy to have to search for parking spots. It was pretty lonely out here during the pandemic.”

Tanya Nelson is the supervisor at the Oklahoma Community College writing center she has been working since the pandemic, when asked how she feels about seeing students again she said,
“Oh, I am extremely excited it has actually been inspiring to be able to connect with students again. I hear them walking down the halls and laughing talking about classes it also encourages me to want to be here as well.”