All four colleges and universities in The Courier’s coverage area have announced plans to transition to online learning in response to advice from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in relation to coronavirus.
The University of Findlay was the first to make the announcement, stating Tuesday evening that its traditional classroom courses will be delivered remotely, beginning Monday and continuing until April 14. Friday classes are canceled in order to enable faculty to prepare course materials.
The other three institutions of higher learning implemented similar strategies on Wednesday.
Owens Community College has canceled all face-to-face classes through Sunday.
The college is scheduled to start its spring break on Monday. After break, classes will likely go to “alternative delivery methods,” said Jared Meade, public and media relations manager. As of Wednesday, faculty and staff were still determining what that might look like. Meade noted that some classes — such as welding — are “much more hands-on” than others, and college leaders are still determining how to handle these classes.
The campus itself remains open if someone needs to come in to talk to an adviser or visit the testing center, he said.
Representatives from Ohio Northern University said Wednesday that faculty had already been working in preparation of a transition to virtual instruction, and the campus will complete the transition by Monday. To facilitate this and allow faculty time to prepare their course materials, all classes are canceled Friday.
The university has canceled all large indoor public events until April 17, and asks all university groups to suspend meetings involving 20 or more participants.
All university-related student travel, including team competitions and travel to conferences, is suspended until April 17. Outdoor sporting competitions will continue at this time.
More information can be found at https://www.onu.edu/covid-19
Bluffton University has announced that traditional, face-to-face classes will be in session Thursday to help students and faculty transition to remote learning. Students are urged to make choices that are best for their own personal health, meaning it is not required that they attend classes Thursday.
All classes are canceled Friday to allow faculty to prepare for remote learning and teaching, and all large indoor gatherings are canceled as of today.
All academic coursework will take place in an online format and/or remote options (such as Moddle, Zoom) beginning Monday and continuing through April 13. Additional guidelines can be found at https://www.bluffton.edu/alert/