The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has not prevented Montgomery County Community College’s Sound Recording & Music Technology from holding its scheduled classes.
While instructor Jen Mitlas and her students may have lost access to the college’s state-of-the-art recording studio and classrooms at Central Campus’s Advanced Technology Center in Blue Bell, they were able to successfully move them online and finish their projects from home.
Achieving this took some creativity, as some of the students required access to equipment they did not have at home. But with the help of the school’s Information Technology department, moving the classes to a virtual format went off without a hitch.
“We gave a computer, interface to record with and a microphone to every student who needed one,” said Technical Services Assistant Shawn Sealer.
About 15 students received equipment, while others had their own at home. Once the classes were restarted online, Mitlas credited the students with adapting to this unique situation and running with it.
“It’s been fabulous,” said Mitlas. “I couldn’t have asked for a better transition. Students are super engaged. They’ve been able to think outside the box on how they’re going to continue projects that are collaborative in nature without being near each other.”