How We’ve Transitioned to Online Learning

Read how Lubar faculty, students, and staff have adjusted to remote instruction and learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

In my Managing in a Disruptive Environment class, I am almost embarrassed to say that when the course began this semester we were wondering if this “virus” might impact the number of flights between the US and China and now it has come close to shutting the world down. Although I love “live” teaching, we pivoted nicely as a class and the students presented their capstone cases on Teams. This was a great practical learning for the Cohort MBA students because this is how business is being conducted today. I was really proud of the students who adjusted their delivery styles, flexed with the technology flawlessly and very effectively used the online chat for Q&A. They learned how to present “online” and had the luxury of being able to go back to the recorded session and see how they came across.
—  Allan Klotsche, Executive-in-Residence

At first I was a little worried about the transition to online being overwhelming, but my professors have done an amazing job of keeping us up to date with any changes, making sure we understand the new schedule and syllabus, and have been very understanding and supportive throughout the process. I have taken online classes before, never a full semester, but I love the flexibility online courses have given me, especially during this time, to focus on my schoolwork, family, and health.
Angelina LeWand, Marketing Major

Our first online class in the undergraduate Entrepreneurship course was also the most complex class that we have in this course: Financial Statement Workshop. Through Blackboard, we engaged six mentors from the Milwaukee community to mentor 11 breakout groups of 3-6 students.  Students used Google Chrome Sheets spreadsheet templates to enter data from their Financial Statement Assumptions to come up with Income Statements, Balance Sheets and Statements of Cash Flow for the new ventures they are planning. All went OK – mainly due to the creative efforts of the mentors.  But the session literally ended with a bang! My Internet is based upon satellite service and as the class was ending, a thunderstorm came through and knocked me offline for the rest of the session. We were thankful for the mentors! They picked up the pieces and made the session successful.
Jim Hunter, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Since UW-Milwaukee has transitioned its classes online, there have been a mix of emotions. I was apprehensive about an unexpected extended spring break because that can result in classes condensing their already heavy coursework and campus/student organization events must be cancelled or rescheduled. This proved difficult for me as someone who values their studies and involvement. Once the announcement was released to hold all online classes for the remainder of the spring semester, I was disheartened. I love visiting campus and the abundance of social interaction in and out of classes. I’m grateful to still attend a few lectures via Zoom video to see my professor and classmates.  I do miss lectures where I’m able to engage more into the class… but these are trying times and we’ve all had to adjust.
— Tyler Junk, Human Resource Management Major

My advising schedule has been full with back-to back phone appointments and numerous emails with students. Throughout my appointments I’ve been impressed with how our students are handling this unexpected transition to online classes. Many of my students have never done one class online, much less several. They’re concerned about time management, learning styles and grades but they’re also demonstrating an incredible amount of resolve that they will make this situation work. They recognize that everyone is dealing with a number of difficulties at the moment and, like many of them, this may be the first online class that their instructor has ever taught.
—  Mary Moore-Geissler, Senior Academic Advisor