Higher education currently looks a lot different. But faculty members are still teaching and students are still learning. However, the tools they are now using have become more important than ever and planning for academic continuity is now a reality for most institutions.

In our recent webinar, we had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Bethany Simunich, Director of Research at Quality Matters, Dr. Leigh Clay, Student Learning Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor at Indian River State College, and Stormy Boruvka, a student at Indian River State College to learn about their tips on how to use purposeful academic continuity tools and their advice on how to equip faculty, students, and their families for online learning. 

Watch the on-demand pre-recorded webinar below to hear the perspective of a student, faculty member, and a corporate partner about how they are using certain academic continuity tools to have a higher level of readiness for learning remotely.

Don't want to watch the webinar? Below we've listed a few key takeaways from the webinar for you to review. 

Key Takeaways from the Webinar

  • Returning to the fall semester will not be the same. Hybrid learning will most likely be the dominating form for many institutions. 
  • Focusing first on good quality design is going to provide you with the optimal flexibility for whatever modality you and your students find yourself in. 
  • Since many students did not choose a hybrid or online learning style as their original preferred delivery system, it is now more important than ever to measure their levels of readiness and provide the support necessary to help them thrive in this environment. 
  • With the anonymity possible via online learning, the onus is on institutions as credentialing entities to ensure that the person doing the work in the course is the student receiving the credit. 
  • It is paramount that we allow students to demonstrate their acumen via an assessment in a controlled environment so that the degree will be perceived as credible.
  • Change can inspire adaptability and creativity.
  • When teaching an online class, Flexibility + Personality = A reduction in barriers and hesitancy. 

Academic Continuity Resources Download

To learn more about the products and service mentioned in the webinar, you can click on the links below:

  • Quality Matters – Find out more about their Emergency Remote Checklist and get updates on their upcoming QM Bridge to Quality design guide.
  • SmarterID – Using facial recognition for learner authentication to make sure a parent, spouse, or friend is not doing the online course work.
  • SmarterProctoring – Using artificial intelligence via automated proctoring to prompt academic integrity during exams.
  • SmarterMeasure – Using non-cognitive indicators to identify students who are at-risk due to technology access or goodness of fit matters.

If you have questions about the webinar or would like to learn more about the topics, services, or products that were covered, click here to reach out to us and we'd be happy to help! 

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