NAMPA, Idaho — Northwest Nazarene University announced that they will be holding “Pilot Wednesday” March 18, in which all classes will be held remotely. Although no cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Idaho, NNU wants to be prepared should there be a necessary closure or quarantine.
Pilot Wednesday will allow NNU faculty and students to test the remote delivery of classes, should the university need to suspend in-person courses to ensure the health of the campus community. This test will allow the university to identify any additional steps that may need to be taken or further training that needs to be conducted to support both students and faculty for this type of course delivery.
“We need to be paying attention and for us paying attention means we need to be ready,” Brad Kurtz-Shaw, Vice President of Academic Affairs said as he addressed students Wednesday morning. “We want to test our systems, our instructors and our students so if we need to [employ fully remote learning] we have done the preparation.”
All graduate and undergraduate face-to-face academic classes will be delivered remotely on Wednesday, but the rest of campus will conduct business as usual.
NNU has established a task force that is meeting daily to monitor the ongoing developments of COVID-19 locally, regionally, nationally and globally.