Technology will play a central role in the delivery of higher education this fall and into the future. Faculty will need to master e-learning platforms and exam proctoring tools. They will be exploring new ways to use artificial intelligence to train our future doctors and engineers. They will be leveraging online communication channels to deliver an engaging, high-value educational experience for students.
Going fully virtual will impact faculty health and well-being. It will be easier for faculty to slip into an always on mindset and always-in-front-of-a-screen routine, which can lead to frustration, fatigue and burnout. The secret to avoiding burnout, prioritizing well-being and staying focused doesn’t live in an app or software or online tool—it lives away from the screen in simple, daily habits.
Many faculty will also be distanced from the things they love most about working in academia. Educators – who were already experiencing significant stress – have had to quickly transform the fundamental way they do their jobs, navigate an uncertain future and continue to support students. The reasons they got into academia and the things they love most—from intellectual engagement to research—are no longer available in the same way.