Local Universities Look to Future Beyond Pandemic 4-8-20
Local Universities Look to Future Beyond Pandemic
See below. Dr. Lawrence T. Potter, Jr. (Chief Academic Officer) contributes to article on local universities’ response to COVID-19.
At the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Lawrence Potter Jr., chief academic officer and provost, and other officials have developed an academic continuity plan to guide various university departments during the coronavirus pandemic.
Aspects of that document included connecting students and faculty with technology, assisting faculty in the transition to the online realm, and expanding training and consultations for faculty through the Center for the Advancement of Learning, and academic advising for students through the Division of Student Development and Success.
In advance of summer and fall registration, the university also lifted financial holds precluding people from choosing their courses. Though UDC officials haven’t yet come to a decision about moving summer courses online, Potter said that the instructor technological training makes it easier to carry out any decision.
“Given that we’re in virtual mode, I’ve asked deans to monitor and revise schedules to make a decision by early April about whether we’ll fully go online for the summer,” Potter told The Informer. “These courses will be offered by certified faculty, who’ve been able to teach. That’s an important part of this equation. That puts us in a good position, and allows us the flexibility to be intentional about the types of courses we’re offering and ensuring the certified online teachers are instructing our students in the summer.”