The Department of Biological Sciences has bolstered its remote learning materials to supplement — or in some cases replace — in-person education normally conducted in labs. For example, the Genetics Laboratory, which has nearly 170 enrolled students, moved all quizzes, assessments and lab reports online. We have reformatted courses to support remote learning with new videos on lab procedures. We are refining the process to submit homework online and improving techniques for vurtual interaction. Nearly 1,300 biology students have the option to learn in-person or fully complete the lab online. “It was clear early on that we had to be prepared for what would happen if someone got COVID or the campus shut down for two weeks or longer,” says Jessica Poulin, clinical associate professor of biological sciences. “We worked really hard on the online plan knowing we would likely have to convert to fully online at any time. We knew we needed to be flexible for students who could not come back to campus.” Read more from UBNow.