"Online learning can be done well, and SUNY has a long history of online learning," said Empire State College Provost Meg Benke. Most of Empire State's students do at least some of their coursework online. For faculty making the switch to online teaching, Benke said, the most important thing is to replicate the sense of community that naturally occurs in a physical classroom. "You have to make sure there’s an interactive component for students," she said. "In an online-only environment, we find that having live sessions and higher interaction promotes greater student success."