The shelter-in-place order hit Monterey County, California, about a week before the end of winter term classes at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). This turn of events was taken in stride. Students were a class or two away from their finals and, for the most part, could complete their remaining assignments from home. The pressing challenge was the looming need to deliver all of the spring term in-residence courses in an online format with less than three weeks’ notice. Although NPS has experience delivering content in a variety of venues, formats, and mediums, many faculty had to scramble to familiarize themselves with various “go-to meeting programs” and modify course content to fit these delivery modalities. No one had ever tried doing this before. In fact, no one had even suggested that it should even be attempted.
NPS Goes Online: The Good and Bad of Crash Distance Learning
By James J. Wirtz