Re-integration: The new phase in Covid response by education

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  1. Frank Fucile
    Frank Fucile says:

    Hi Phil – great article – the infographic in regard to the 4 phases appears to be missing? on the webpage – I saw it there when i first clicked on it and now has disappeared. I wanted to share with my colleagues

  2. Clay Shirky
    Clay Shirky says:

    Phil, thanks for this, and I’ll add here that the shift in the experience of faculty, staff, and students with online education is part of what makes the transition out of COVID so challenging. It’s not just not being able to return all at once; thousands of faculty members and millions of students had classes online and the sky did not fall, and they will want to retain some of those adaptations, even where they require a change in the way our institutions work.

    At a minimum, the “We’ve had our last snow day” observation is going to generalize to more flipped classrooms; more video recordings and transcripts as accommodations; more remote guest lecturers; more faculty teaching remotely when sick or traveling; more students attending remotely when sick or traveling; et cetera. And that’s all without any courses changing to fully online mode.

    Then there are staff, and, in our domain, especially support staff, instructional designers, and so on. The job sections of IHE and the Chronicle make it clear how competitive these jobs are going to be for the next few years, and any well-paying school that says “You have to come back to campus” is going to find that some employees will leave for jobs that pay less but allow better flexibility. And if people can take new jobs without moving, or move without taking a new job, higher ed staffing is going to get even more competitive.

    And all of this cultural competence and confidence with remote instruction, attendance, and work will translate into more fully online classes being deployed to allow for things like staying on track with a major while studying abroad, or taking one summer class to be able to change majors or make up for a dropped class or bad grade while still graduating on time.

    I expect most of this transition will be in the direction of hybrids, online courses at mostly in-person schools. I expect the ‘All classes online’ IPEDS numbers from AY20 to rise only modestly in the next few years, but I expect the ‘At least one online class’ numbers to rise pretty dramatically, as all of the unfamiliarity with the form and conduct of those classes has simply gone away.

    Not every faculty member or student wants more online in their lives right now, but all of them now know how to do it when it is called for.

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