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Coping With Covid-19

On 12 March, BYU announced that classes would be canceled through March 17 and then resume completely online. This unprecedented decision came as COVID-19 reached pandemic levels.

Almost every aspect of society has experienced tremendous disruption, with the world of education among the most significantly impacted.

Eldon Tanner Statue with face mask


2,200,236

The number of participants in BYU Zoom Meetings held from 13 March through mid-July 2020

Participants logged in from an estimated 160 countries with about 97 percent logging in from the United States. Brazel and Canada came in second and third, respectively.

276,591

The number of total BYU Zoom meetings held from 13 March through mid-July 2020

Those meetings included more than 1.6 million hours of collaboration.

18 March 2020

The day classes resumed at BYU

Faculty had five days to move their curriculum entirely online. When they returned to digital classes on Wednesday, more than 25,000 BYU faculty and students participated in 1,902 classes and meetings via Zoom.

67%

The decrease in classroom capacity in the Tanner Building as preparation were made for Fall 2020 semester

The building seats 3,210 at any one time during a typical semester. For Fall 2020, planned seating capacity dropped to 1,049 in order to maintain social distancing.

62 million

The number of timeses business conferencing apps were downloaded worldwide during the week of 14–21 March 2020

Much of the growth came from increased use of apps such as Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom. In fact, Zoom’s daily users exploded to more than 200 million in March, up from 10 million three months earlier.

Sources: techcrunch.com/2020/03/30/video-conferencing-apps-saw-a-record-62m-downloads-during-one-week-in-march and venturebeat.com/2020/04/02/zooms-daily-active-users-jumped-from-10-million-to-over-200-million-in-3-months

900

The number of large canisters of disinfecting wipes ordered for use by BYU Marriott employees during Fall 2020 semester

The school also ordered 5,500 face masks sporting a BYU Marriott logo— enough to give one to every BYU Marriott student and employee.

Information was provided by the BYU Marriott Deans Office and the BYU Office of Information Technology, unless otherwise noted.

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