The public universities have had trouble giving classes online amid the covid-19 pandemic. The UCR suspended in-person classes as of March 13. While it has offered online education, only 45% of the teachers are active on the platform. This was disappointing to students who were promised this option so as not to fall behind in their courses of study.
Teachers need time to adapt their courseware for this new modality and train in how to use it. Some students do not have computers or internet access. University computers are being given out in some cases.
There were many problems encountered by those who did try the online offer. These include unstable connexions and oversaturated networks.
UNA and ITCR have had to suspend online classes pending more preparation. Universities are taking steps toward being able to offer fuller course loads online after Easter. There have been intensive trainings for teachers, licenses have been bought for platforms like zoom, and an agreement has been reached with Kolbi that it will be free to access university websites.
UTN is an example to follow because it has had some virtual programs since 2008. Private universities have also been using virtual platforms to teach for years.