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Brianna LaSita was not pleased when a professor at Ithaca College told her class that a group project would remain a group project, even after the school closed and the students were scattered.

“We were all like ‘Ugh, how are we going to do this?’,” says LaSita, who just finished her third year of college where she studies occupational therapy. She had never used Zoom before she began remote learning. She had never used the platform Flipgrid, which her group would present their project on, outside of in-person classes.

But her group ran with it, putting together a presentation on early intervention in occupational therapy and presenting it to their class. While sometimes it was hard, it was also an opportunity to flex new muscles, she says.

“I got to learn about my classmates in a different way,” LaSita says. “It was definitely challenging at times because it was just something we’re not used to, but we were able to get it all done.”

College students across the country faced a swift transition to online learning when the spread of the coronavirus caused their schools to abruptly send them home. And while many of them undoubtedly have valid criticisms of their courses quick shifts to online, remote learning can give them a new skill set that they can draw on in the workforce, experts say.