Faculty and students react to Virginia Tech transitioning to all online classes amid Coronavirus fears

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Schools and universities across the country are taking steps to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Virginia Tech is one of those universities. The university announced they will be making a transition to only online classes. Students are currently out on Spring Break, and that break has been extended to Mar. 22 to give faculty the time necessary to take their curriculum to an online classroom format.

“I think I was in shock. It was something I was expecting just because a lot of my friends had been told they would be online for the rest of the semester,” said Emily Casamento, a freshman at Virginia Tech.

Casamento says she’s worked hard during her freshman year to develop a daily routine. That will have to change now that all of her classes will be online.

“You know, it used to be like “Oh! I have a 9:30 class. I’m going to get up.” Now it’s like “Oh! I could sleep in all morning,” but I don’t want to miss out on time studying and stuff like that,” said Casamento.

As far as on the teaching side, Economics instructor Mohammad Banasaz says it won’t be very difficult to make the switch.

“There are lots of resources at Virginia Tech,” Banasaz said. “We can upload video, or we can have online classes, like live online classes. Homework is online now, and we can conduct exams online.”

Casamento said that’s all well and good, but class will still be missing a more personal aspect.

“I look at, like, office hours and going to see my professor,” she said. “It’s a whole different ballgame when you can’t be in person, seeing the visuals, or someone writing something out for you.”

There’s no word yet on if this change will spill over in the Summer and Fall semesters. The university says they will be making those decisions when we get closer to the end of Spring.

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