WT professors embracing technology with online instruction switch

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CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — “Without this technology, this group of people that are coming together today would not be together today,” said Dr. Jillian Yarbrough, WT Clinical Assistant Professor of Management.

Online learning has become the new norm for WT professors like Dr. Yarbrough.

“The leadership is constantly asking what kind of technology can I give you so that you can best support your students,” said Dr. Yarbrough.

Dr. Yarbrough is embracing the technology as she holds an online discussion with her organizational behavior class through the web-based video platform zoom, which is what a majority of professors are having to do after around 95% of WT’s classes were switched to online.

Yarbrough said the mentality of the professors remained positive and optimistic.

“They have been studying this and researching it and preparing and many of them have been teaching online. Some face to face, some online. So the transition is one that they’re ready to make,” said Dr. Yarbrough.

In times like these, it is all about whatever it takes to make sure students get the best education.

“We’re going to be part of making this transition and how do we make this a valuable learning experience for our students. The focus remains just on the students and just using the technology to reach them,” said Dr. Yarbrough.

Dr. Yarbrough told us one of the biggest advantages of these kinds of classes is accessibility for students with children. It allows them to learn from home without the worry of having to take their children to class with them or find child care.

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