Welcome back to school!

Ah, the start of a new school year. But the school year is starting off a little differently this time around, to say the least. And we were rudely reminded of the unprecedented times this morning when both Zoom and Canvas crashed on the first day of classes for many schools. If this isn’t telling of the year we’ve had, I don’t know what is. 

Around nine this morning, Zoom reported that they were having  “partial outages” with their Meetings platform. 

If you haven’t heard of Zoom by now, I am not sure where you have been because the platform has basically been carrying what seems like the whole world on its back as we navigate life during COVID-19. But for those that don’t know, Zoom is a telecommunications platform that has allowed people to continue meeting virtually with their video calls and online chat services. Zoom is one of the primary ways schools have been continuing to educate students virtually during COVID-19.

Last spring when the call was made to move to online learning for health and safety measures, it was viewed as a tiresome joke. Memes went around that seniors were graduating from “Zoom University” rather than their respective school. 

Fast forward to today, where many schools, both lower and higher education, had their first day of classes. Many of these schools have opted to go online, at least for the first semester, like in the case of economics tuition online, to try to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. 

Issues With Zoom and The “Re-Opening Schools” Debate

Deciding whether or not to have school continued to be taught virtually has been a very contentious issue, to say the least. Many parents want their children to go back to school. Some believe it’s safe for them to go back, others are tired of balancing working from home and watching them. 

Other parents are pushing for schools to re-open fully out of concern for the quality of education their children are receiving.

College students, seemingly resilient to all this change and uncertainty, joke about the anxiety and weirdness that comes with the awkwardness of having classes on Zoom. 

And then of course there are the real superheroes, teachers. The ones who brave it all; students, parents and school administrators, online school and in-person school. They’re just out here trying to do their best to make everyone comfortable and educate our future generation. 

Today…

So you can imagine the dismay this morning when students, already apprehensive going into the school year, logged on for their first day of virtual school only to realize their classes were interrupted due to technical malfunctions. 

The malfunctions were fixed sometime around 1 p.m. Zoom did not comment on why the malfunction happened this morning. We can assume it had something to do with the fact that more people were using the platform today with the start of classes. Ever since people have been quarantining since around March, Zoom claims to have around 300 million meetings a day. 

Issues with Canvas

Canvas, a course management system used by schools across the country, was also having issues this morning. Spokesman for Canvas Cory Edwards apologized for the challenges the lag in the system had caused students, teachers and parents today. Edwards reported that 75 percent of U.S. users experienced delays with the program for about a half-hour this morning, most likely due from students returning to school this week. 

At least we got some relatable content from all these technical difficulties.

Seeing as this is only day one of online schooling for the year, there were bound to be a few glitches here and there. Everyone just needs to be patient as we settle into the reality of school year two of online learning. Let us know how you’re feeling about “back to school” this year? Are you attending “Zoom University” or will you be going back to in-person classes?