Manhattan College – Non-Credit Programs – New York City

How a Short-Term Program Uses Digital Tools to Provide High Quality Lessons at a Lower Cost

Manhattan College’s Non-Credit Summer English Program assists international students to learn English in a small classroom setting on a traditional college campus in New York City. 

New partnership requires high-quality materials

In the fall of 2018, the summer program team at Manhattan College established a new partnership. The partnership involves providing a short-term summer program at their NYC campus. In the summer of 2019, cohorts of 200 participants are traveling to Manhattan College for two-week intensive learning programs. The two-week program is a mix of English language training and cultural excursions around the greater NYC area.

There is a large volume of students registered for the program (2,000 students over eight weeks). As a result, the program team knew they needed a high-quality and cost-effective software platform to deliver course materials efficiently. This ‘digital-first’ approach would help them compete with current market trends. 

Leveraging digital materials pays off for Manhattan College Non-Credit Programs

The Manhattan College team identified the following key components to form a partnership with an ESL content platform:

1. Cost-effective materials: the team needed to stay under budget when it came to materials fee per student as dictated by their partner organization 

2. Adaptable materials: digital lessons can be repeatedly updated and customized as needed, unlike printed materials, which cannot be altered to meet the variety of student types arriving on campus 

3. Non-academic centered content: the team wanted content that would be relevant to learners’ everyday lives and match the leisure-oriented nature of the program 

The Off2Class platform offers a single, convenient online location with teacher-led lesson content, homework aligned to each lesson, and self-study tools. The content is delivered to students at a fraction of the per-student cost of traditional course books. The digital teaching platform allows Manhattan College non-credit programs easier administration, lesson adaptability, and the capacity to scale their program easily based on enrolments. 

Manhattan College non-credit programs have been able to deliver a more engaging and personalized experience for their new partner by using Off2Class while having a lower cost than traditional course books. 

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"Off2Class provides an all-in-one solution for our summer ESL programming and creates a compelling alternative to course books. "

Edgar Zavala, Director Non-Credit Programs




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