Illinois, United states
Carl Sandburg College is a public community college with a main campus in Galesburg, Illinois, United States. Founded in 1966, the College serves the west-central Illinois region, with a mission to provide all students with opportunities for success. Today, the College enrolls 1,600 students and has a branch campus in Carthage, Illinois and an off-campus site in downtown Galesburg, Illinois.
At Sandburg, the spring 2020 semester started out like any normal year, with in-person classes anywhere from 15-20 students per class. When the pandemic started in March 2020, the College was in spring break and made the swift decision to extend the break a week, in order to give instructors enough time to transition all their content online.
Until then, the institution had approximately 30% of its course offering online. By fall 2020, the College went from having 154 online courses to 285, an 85% increase due to the pandemic, and a testament to the staff’s commitment to continue teaching and learning despite the challenges brought on by lockdown. Sandburg currently uses Open LMS EDU as its main learning management system, with approximately 2,000 active users.
E-Learn had the opportunity to speak to the institution to find out how they transitioned successfully.
Meet the Interviewees
Robert Stevensis the Director of Technology and Information Security at Carl Sandburg College.
Cindy K. Arthur is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology at the Faculty Teaching Learning Center at Carl Sandburg College.