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UCF Faculty, Students Get Creative to Finish Unprecedented Semester


Faculty and students find creative ways to transition 5,600 classes to virtual learning

ORLANDO, April 20 – Today marks the last day of classes for the spring semester at the University of Central Florida, which transitioned to entirely remote learning on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will begin final exams tomorrow.

UCF adjusted approximately 5,600 classes, including 4,900 that were being taught in a face-to-face format and another 700 that were a mix of in-person and online instruction. To help faculty and students with the transition, UCF rolled out new websites containing additional resources and held a series of training workshops on effective online learning.

Faculty and students found resourceful ways to work together to continue learning in their new, virtual environment.

Examples include:

  • The use of patient simulation software to replace required clinical hours for nursing students and graduate speech therapy students;
  • Holding a capstone case competition through teleconference, allowing students to present their business solutions to industry leaders and win scholarships;
  • Positioning a dissecting scope on a computer screen to enable biology students to participate in honey bee dissections through Zoom;
  • Using a glass shower door as a whiteboard to teach statistics; and
  • Setting up a virtual gallery for art students to display their final class projects.

UCF is considered a national leader in online learning and much of the faculty already has some experience teaching remotely. Even prior to the pandemic, more than a half million credit hours were taught online and 86 percent of students were enrolled in a fully online class or one that contained an online component.

UCF has ranked in the top 20 for online bachelor’s programs for the last three years by U.S. News and World Report.

UCF will hold spring 2020 virtual commencement ceremonies on May 2. NFL stars and UCF alumni Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin will serve as the commencement speakers.

Online classes will continue at UCF through the summer semesters. No decisions have been made yet about summer commencement.

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