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How Colleges Teach Students at Home as Coronavirus Spreads

Posted at 4:56 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 19:18:04-04

TULSA, Okla. — Colleges across the country are taking classes off campus, and students are logging into lecture online. Schools are bracing for the increased Internet traffic, and students are getting the classroom experience from their couch.

Students at schools like The University of Tulsa can attend lectures from their computer, or even their phone. Most schools around the country have the technology to take class off-campus, and it's now being put to use. Today's technology helps professors like Dr. Jay Gary at ORU not miss a beat.

"They can teach from an empty classroom, they can teach from home," Dr. Gary said. "They can also give written assignments and grades through the learning software."

ORU has not decided to take their classes online; they still plan on holding class after students return from spring break.

ORU has asked students to bring learning materials and all necessities home, and is urging them to not travel over break.

"Students can access their online classes through tablets with a keyboard," Dr. Gary said. "They can access their assignments to read them through their mobile, so there's different degrees of access, but they should be prepared."

Most schools around the country run some similar program, but it does put stress on the school's servers. TU has moved classes fully online, and is monitoring campus bandwidth. Its IT department is on-hand if servers go down.

For classes that cannot be taken online, TU's academic deans are working on ways students can complete working hours and lab requirements. The school is taking the process day-by-day, but administrators are making long-term plans.

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