UC distributes laptops as students shift to online instruction

Helping students transition to online classes

The University of Cincinnati is providing laptops to students as it transitions to online classes after suspending face-to-face instruction due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Laptop distributions continued in safe zones on UC’s main campus this week as faculty and staff worked to ensure all students have access to a computer and reliable internet connection while shifting to remote learning for the remainder of spring semester. 

Following the university’s decision to transition to virtual classes, IT@UC and the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education began working together to purchase laptops and secure internet options for students as online learning becomes the new norm for the foreseeable future.

Funded through the NEXT Apprenticeship Program, approximately 200 computers have been purchased.

“We hope to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and enable students to continue their education by providing laptops to those in need, regardless of their major,” said Aaron Burdette, faculty lead, NEXT Apprenticeship Program. “I would encourage any student who needs a laptop to complete the NEXT Apprenticeship application.”

In partnership with the UC Public Safety Team, about 30 laptops have already been distributed, and IT@UC has posted a list of free or discounted internet providers, so that students can begin using the computers immediately. 

“UC has always been focused on the success of our students,” said Paul Foster, assistant vice president for enterprise academic technology and acting assistant vice president for enterprise shared services, IT@UC.

“In light of everything happening in our world today, the Endpoint Management Team led by George Russell is refocusing and finding new ways to support students in their academic endeavors. Many thanks to George and his team!” 

Computers are available to students who don't have a personal technology device. Requests can be submitted through the Next Apprenticeship Program application. Questions? Email Aaron Burdette, faculty lead, NEXT Apprenticeship Program.

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