Educating college students during a pandemic is challenging, to say the least.
In the spring, the faculty of Northwest College got a crash course in conducting classes in an online format, when the school transitioned to a full online learning model in a matter of two weeks.
“It was a difficult transition to make, because it was so unexpected,” recalled Deepthi Amarasuriya, assistant professor of physics.
College personnel pulled it off, and all the students enrolled at NWC had the opportunity to complete the semester. Aside from some nursing clinicals, which had to be done face-to-face, the instructors managed to transition all classes to an online format. Through the spring and summer semester, they worked out a few kinks.
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