Improved Student Engagement in Higher Education’s Next Normal

Ed Glantz, et al; EDUCAUSE Review

For higher education amid the COVID-19 pandemic, spring break 2020 heralded a sharp increase in the scope and pace of change, including social distancing and other controls to limit the spread of the coronavirus. In the span of a mere few days, faculty—in an unprecedented manner—supplanted traditional face-to- face instruction with remote synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning experiences. Out of necessity, teaching practices rapidly embraced technology-based prototypical teaching methods. Faculty and students actively began the largest-ever nontraditional teaching experiment. The question now is, should any of these innovations and adaptations be retained to form the “next normal” in higher education?  Five pandemic-introduced innovative teaching adaptations can improve student engagement in the next normal for higher education.

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