ECPI University Students Persevering in Remote Learning Environment

Greenville, SC – For most South Carolinians, the mere word Coronavirus wasn't even a part of their vocabulary a short time ago. Now, it's just about the only thing they talk about. Major sectors of the economy have simply shut down and classrooms across the nation are vacant. At ECPI University and its Greenville campus, however, students have not skipped a beat. They're still learning, just in a different environment. While some schools may still be learning how to migrate on-campus students to a virtual environment, ECPI University was ready for the challenge the moment it arrived.

As early entrants into online learning, ECPI is taking everything it has learned during the past 15 years and applying it to remote learning. This is not online learning as much as it is remote. Online is more self-paced. In a matter of days, ECPI University has created a synchronous learning environment that replicates to the greatest extent possible the on-campus experience. Integrating Microsoft Teams with our own proprietary VCASTLE system, students meet at their regular class times and perform lab work in the same structured environment they prefer.

One of the most advanced computer laboratory platform systems in the country, VCASTLE (Virtualization, Cloud, and Storage Technology Learning Environment) is designed to enhance the student experience by providing access to real equipment with built-in advanced operating systems and lab exercises. "Student feedback so far has been very positive," says Dr. Wael Ibrahim, ECPI University Dean of Electronics Engineering Technology. "The spirit in the classroom is high and students are interacting with one another in a fun and positive way. In fact, those who may have been hesitant in asking questions are now submitting their questions via chat.

"Faculty members are using presentation channels within Teams for students to work in groups and then come and report for some classes. Other classes are using simulation software for their labs and for illustration during virtual class time."

ECPI University's academic team has put together a training shell for faculty and students to address many anticipated issues and concerns and it's being updated daily, sometimes hourly, with any new technology resources that was proven successful. "It is really impressive how the faculty, in these challenging times, have been able to adapt quickly and provide students a remote delivery environment comparable to the face-to-face on-campus one," says ECPI University Greenville Campus President Karen Burgess. "They are showing a great degree of understanding, compassion, and support to the individual student and their needs."

About ECPI University

ECPI University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees and diplomas. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. A private university founded in 1966, ECPI University has campuses in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Texas, and offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services, continuing education, certification classes, and testing are also available.

On campus or online, fields of study include: HEALTH SCIENCES: Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing (RN to BSN), BS to BSN, Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapy, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Radiography, Sonography, Surgical Technology; TECHNOLOGY: Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Cyber and Network Security, Information Systems, Software Development, Cloud Computing, Web Development, Database Programming, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics/Advanced Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering Technology; BUSINESS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting, Business Administration, IT Management, Hospitality Management, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security; CULINARY: Culinary Arts, Culinary Nutrition, Food Service Management, Baking and Pastry Arts. (Program field availability varies by campus.) For more information, visit www.ecpi.edu.

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