Although colleges and universities face many unknowns in the upcoming semester, one thing is certain: Online learning is here to say, regardless of whether your institution is planning to reopen campuses or not.
From a second wave of COVID-19 to sweeping protests across the nation, there is a growing list of unpredictable factors that can uproot a school year. It is critical that higher education institutions have the capacity to make smooth transitions to online learning at a moment’s notice.
With careful planning, universities and colleges do not have to sacrifice quality instruction during remote learning. In fact, the opposite may hold true. The Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning published a study in 2018 which found that well-designed, online teaching strategies can boost test scores and student achievement.
As colleges and universities plan for a new semester, let’s go over some key focus areas that can help higher education institutions make rapid shifts to quality online instruction.