The intensity of major events often leads us to remember minute details of where we were and what we were doing when they occurred: what we wore as we watched the towers fall on September 11, 2001; the faces of our classmates when the space shuttle Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986; the smell in the air when we lived through a major earthquake, fire, or other personal tragedy. Similarly, faculty, staff, and students will remember the series of moments that led to the closure of their schools and universities as the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the world--the timeline varies, but on the East Coast of America, this occurred in early March. Unprecedented became the word of the year in our emails and texts and Zoom calls. We adjusted our expectations; we pivoted our planning, instruction, and interactions; and we continue to do so.
Open-access publishing is crucial for sharing relevant and timely findings with the public in accessible ways. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major economic impact on universities and on scholars’ research productivity; it is our hope that by sharing this text in an open access format that there will be no financial barrier such as a paywall to prevent others’ learning from the lessons shared in these chapters.
Lessons from the Pivot: Higher Education’s Response to the Pandemic © 2021 by Janine Davis & Christy Irish is licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
Davis, Janine S. and Irish, Christy, "Lessons from the Pivot: Higher Education's Response to the Pandemic" (2021). Education Faculty Articles. 11.