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Remote and Hands On: Trends in a New Way to Learn

As colleges around the country remain closed amid the Covid-19 crisis, programs requiring hands-on learning are struggling. Because they’re ill-suited to the virtual format, lab research, nursing, and other skills-based disciplines have faced a remarkable challenge over the past year. How are they coping?

To find out, The Chronicle has brought together a panel of leading practitioners for a discussion of how they are innovating in order to educate their students safely during the pandemic. What insights can they share from their experiences, and what lessons have they learned?

Join us as we explore those questions and more, including:

  • What did colleges learn about transitioning these disciplines to the remote classroom?
  • While the preference may still be to teach in person, can technology now simulate the in-person experience?
  • How are augmented and virtual reality helping to enhance these classes and expand access?

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Panelists include:

  • Andrea Aebersold, Director, Faculty Instructional Development, University of California at Irvine
  • John A. McNeill, Acting Dean of Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Karthik Ramani, Donald W. Feddersen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University


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