FIRST PERSON: COVID-19 and the “New” University Reality


  • Eldon V. Birthwright


COVID-19 HAS FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED THE WAY WE DO and think about education. This change stretches from K-12 all the way to higher education. Globally, millions of students have been forced into new classrooms comprising a computer screen, a keyboard, and an instructor who seems to be located worlds away. Educators, meanwhile, have had to rethink their pedagogical worldviews and fully embrace the worlds of online and virtual learning spaces. While I am unwilling to definitively speak in the future tense and say this will be the new norm, I am quite comfortable stating in the present continuous, that, for now, this fluid situation is normative.