BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:
The main campus of the University of Georgia in Athens covers 762 acres and includes 465 buildings. The spring semester of 2020 included some 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in around 11,000 course sections. Imagine stuffing all that into your average laptop computer.
It can be done.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University System of Georgia announced on March 16 that all 26 of its institutions would move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. And they had 15 days to set it up.
Brad Barnes’ mobile phone is an essential tool in teaching his computer science students remotely. (Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski/UGA)
“That was no small feat,” says Rahul Shrivastav, vice president for instruction. “Our world-class faculty and staff pulled together to reinvent learning options for thousands of students under circumstances that were unfathomable when the original curriculum was created.”
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Office of Online Learning (OOL), Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS), and University Libraries all played integral roles in the effort—many of their staff working from home.
CTL increased one-on-one consultations and partnered with OOL to provide Zoom sessions for broader audiences. EITS and University Libraries adjusted their hours of operation and technological services …
END ARTICLE PREVIEW