Preparing for Fall: How Higher Education Administrators Are Planning for a New Normal

  • Date : August 25, 2021 12:00 PM
  • Meeting Type : Webcast

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Fall 2020 was unprecedented in higher education as the world navigated teaching and learning during a global pandemic. Emerging models such as HyFlex were adopted. The remote experiences of Spring 2020 transitioned from emergency teaching to higher-quality digital learning. Issues such as student access and equity were springboarded to the forefront. Now, as we enter Fall 2021, higher education administrators are preparing for what the next normal will be and putting pre-pandemic structures, processes, and legacies aside.

Panelists discussed what is on the heart and minds of higher education administrators as they enter the fall term, including these topics:

  • Remote worker policies for staff and faculty.
  • Student’s expectations for online and face-to-face courses.
  • Delta variant concerns.
  • Supporting staff and avoiding burnout.
  • Behavioral health and wellness for students.
  • Digital learning’s capacity for increasing access and completion.


Mordecai Ian Brownlee

WCET Executive Council, President, Community College of Aurora


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Thomas Cavanagh

Vice Provost for Digital Learning, University of Central Florida


Pat James

@ONE Course Facilitator, California Community Colleges Virtual Campus & Online Education Initiative


Jeff Borden

Chief Academic Officer, D2L

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