Enter a new virus, in a globalized world woefully unprepared to rein in a galloping rampage of disease. Since March of 2020, meeting platforms such as Zoom, Teams and Go To Meeting have stood in for office and school facilities with real time virtual meetings and classes.Sadly, despite being 20% through the 21st century, most virtual online experiences were not interactive, especially during peak COVID times. Synchronous and asynchronous alike, “digital learning”exacerbated inequities, swallowed mentorship opportunities, and fractured cohesive in-person social networks where inclusion, collaboration and inspiration fostered positive outcomes.
The hybrid campus, mind-boggling a mere 12 months ago, is now here to stay. While the arrival of COVID brought on a sudden shock, after 21 months of pandemic learning, higher education administrators have had the opportunity to reflect on what has worked – and what has not. The birth of an adaptive workplace environment on university campuses is a positive development in the higher education landscape, and one that was tremendously accelerated by the pandemic …
Walk into the Makerspace at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and you will see Computer Numerical Control machinery, waterjet cutters, high-tech 3D printers for metal and plastic, and whiteboards full of ideas, to-do lists, and calculations. While the spacious downstairs is filled with machinery for students to bring theory into practice, the brand new, multi-purpose classroom upstairs is where much of the teaching and learning will prime students for success.