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6 Considerations for Universities Quickly Transitioning to Online Education

Written by Nathan Greeno on Mar 23, 2020

Related content: Higher Education, Digital Education

In the last few weeks, we have witnessed the COVID-19 pandemic completely transform higher education. Universities are shifting online, students are moving back home, and faculty are learning to teach in a vastly different digital setting without formal training. During this time of enormous change, we’re helping our partners and the broader academic community in whatever ways we can—including offering our expertise in online learning.

In an effort to share our knowledge, I wrote an op-ed for Inside Higher Ed last week outlining remote learning strategies for universities to consider when migrating online. Here’s a quick summary of my tips:

  • Create a clear continuity plan and quickly communicate it to your students and faculty.
  • Standardize the technologies your university will use to support all courses.
  • Develop a simple, logically organized course template to help all faculty structure their course(s).
  • Be direct with faculty about your requirements for online learning to help minimize the risk of disrupting students’ education.
  • Encourage instructors who have never taught online before to start with live video sessions, which most closely resemble an on-campus classroom environment.
  • Commit to implementing a long-term digital learning strategy.

To learn more about how your university can transition online fast and responsibly, read my Inside Higher Ed article “Prepare to Move Online (in a Hurry).”

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