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Accelerated Distance Learning


To curb the spread of the coronavirus, universities have dispersed their students and are counting on teaching over the internet to keep students learning. The University System of Maryland, comprising a dozen public universities, had started down that road, but this is a big acceleration. How will it work? How will hundreds of professors who have not taught online before learn how to convey their knowledge and keep students engaged? What about students who don’t have their own computers? Or a strong wi-fi connection? The system’s Associate Vice Chancellor, MJ Bishop, directs the Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation. She says what’s taking place now is remote teaching, not a full-fledged online university.

For resources on remote teaching, visit this link. For news and updates regarding COVID-19 closures and restrictions in the University System of Maryland, visit this link.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
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