72 Hours to Move Online: A Conversation with Susan Holechek

In March of this year, the sober reality of the COVID-19 pandemic forced colleges across the country to quickly move from on-campus to remote learning. For any college, that would be a significant challenge. But for Arizona State University, the stakes were even higher due to its huge population of over 50,000 students.

Dr. Susan Holechek, a faculty member in ASU’s School of Life Sciences since 2014, found out about the transition during Spring Break and had three days to work with her team to prepare her 450 students for online learning.

Below is an edited version of our conversation with Susan.

What was your first reaction to hearing that you needed to move online in three days?

That we didn’t have a lot of time! Luckily, students had their exams just before spring break so we didn’t need to worry about that. We held a meeting with our entire crew on a Sunday to start getting ready. There was a lot of work behind the scenes to convert a lot of the worksheets and hands-on activities  we use in our classes.

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