The escalation and global impact of COVID-19 catalyzed a sudden shift to the university experience as we know it. By March 2020, 14 million students pivoted to online education. College enrollment in the United States is now down 20 percent going into the fall 2020 semester, and typical activities such as sports and on-campus events have been canceled. This new reality has pushed educators across the United States to rethink how they’re delivering online education and implement new ways to engage students during this crossroads.
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For most classrooms, standard video conferencing formats are a lackluster replacement for dynamic in-person learning. “Zoom fatigue” and the lack of one-on-one interaction in online classrooms has had a detrimental effect on students’ ability to successfully comprehend information.
In the wake of the uncertainty of the fall 2020 semester, without a scalable answer to online education, how can universities recreate the collegiate experience online?