Virtual Adaptations

Virtual Adaptations

Three Sessions | Three Topics | Three Summaries

Panelists:

  • Brent Cooley, MS, CIH, CSP Environment, Health & Safety Deputy Director, University of California Office of the President
  • John Doerksen, Ph.D. Vice Provost (Academic Programs and Students), Western University
  • Harold W. (Bill) Kohl, III, Ph.D. Professor of Epidemiology and Kinesiology, University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston
  • John Pierce, Ph.D. Vice Provost Teaching and Learning, Queens University

 

Our first panel on July 22, 2020, discussed how public health guidance is impacting the "return to campus" for institutions in the U.S. and Canada with emphasis on how higher education leaders are thinking about creating a meaningful and safe student experience in the current moment. 

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Panelists:

  • Kenneth Hargreaves, MS, MBA External Relations Officer and Assistant Vice President, Strategy Implementation, Caltech
  • Jennie Massey, Ph.D. Associate Vice President, Student Experience, Western University
  • Stacey Sickels Locke, MBA, CFRE Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Development, University Maryland, Baltimore County                                                                                                      

 

Our second panel on August 6, 2020, discussed town-gown relationships — specifically how the short-term needs of university and colleges and the towns they are located in have fundamentally shifted due to the pandemic — and how some long-term ones are likely to as well. 

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Panelists:

  • Pamela Garbini, Assistant Director, Space Management, Office of Physical Plant, Planning, Design, & Properties, Penn State University
  • Jeff Hollingsworth, Ph.D. Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Maryland
  • John Kyndt, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Bellevue University
  • Jill Scott, Ph.D. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of Ottawa

 

Our final panel, on August 11, 2020, took a closer look at virtual learning and how academic institutions in the U.S. and Canada are structuring classes in the fall. We discussed the challenges of in-person lectures, hybrid courses, and space requirements for different modes of learning. 

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About Virtual Adaptations

COVID-19 has made a challenging higher education landscape even more adverse. The questions are imposing and difficult from “How will we start to repopulate our campuses and keep our students safe?” to “How will we survive if we don’t?” And the answers are complex if not unknown.

So in July and August we took our Adaptations program virtual. We brought together some of our partners and clients in higher ed to brainstorm, discuss and learn from one another.  

What is Adaptations?

Our Adaptations in Higher Ed series examines how educators and other higher ed leaders are adapting to the ever-changing education landscape and how the built environment helps or hinders them in that effort.