On campus to online: UNI professors embrace internet instruction

Posted on Saturday, April 4th, 2020

From The Courier:

CEDAR FALLS – With an unexpected jolt in the spring semester, University of Northern Iowa educators have made a smooth transition into the online world of instruction.

Many were tasked with suddenly shifting from classroom to online courses after the rapid spread of coronavirus abroad. On March 10, the second day of UNI’s spring break, the Board of Regents called for the state’s universities to move as quickly as possible to virtual instruction as the U.S. braced for the virus’ impact.

But classes at the college hardly skipped a beat because of the quick turnaround by instructors, many of whom spent spring break scrambling to reconfigure on-campus curriculum into an online, user-friendly format.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever been more impressed with the people I work with,” said Ryan McGeough, Ph.D., Cedar Falls native and head of the communications department at UNI. “Students are getting what we promised -- a high quality education -- and we recognize that most of these students didn’t sign up for online classes.” <<MORE at the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier>>