It’s 1:45 a.m.: For Ryan Langrick, that used to be time to start his virtual class at GRCC — 8,457 miles away.
“A couple years ago, I started my travels to explore the world and ended up here in New Zealand,” said Langrick, who is originally from Fremont. “While here, I met my loving fiancée, who I’ll be marrying in the next month or so, and I’ve stuck around with her while she finishes the last steps of her Ph.D. and she should actually be done in about 10 days.”
GRCC has for years offered online classes, but dramatically increased hybrid, and virtual real-time classes this year because of the pandemic. The formats have been helpful for students scheduling classes around their home and work responsibilities – or those completing their degrees from the other side of the world.
New Zealand is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean about 1,200 miles southeast of Australia.
All but one of Langrick’s GRCC classes are traditional online courses, which means they have no set meeting times. His Honors Program capstone course is the exception: a hybrid class that does require attendance at a set class time.
For a while, that put Langrick in the virtual classroom at 1:45 a.m. New Zealand Standard Time.
“The professor for that class, Leigh Kleinert, has been beyond helpful in making it work for me through recording classes and letting me attend only the ones that my attendance was absolutely required at,” he said. “Also, the group I’m working with has been great and scheduled our group meetings on the weekends at a time that it doesn’t kill me to show up.”