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Download 1. “Shaka, When the Walls Fell”: The (Temporary) Dissolution of Service Silos During COVID-19 (128 KB)

Download 2. Embracing the Pivot: Engaging Wahkohtown in Building Anti-Racist Learning Communities (210 KB)

Download 3. Supporting Instructors During a Crisis: Expanding the Wants of Instructors to Address their Needs (200 KB)

Download 4. Reflection - The Academic Library during the Pandemic: Reflections at the End of the Road (165 KB)

Download 5. Multiple Means of Engagement during COVID-19: A Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Approach to Supporting Teacher Candidates in the Online Classroom (163 KB)

Download 6. Dual Writing Pedagogies during COVID-19: Preparing Technologically- and Highly-Qualified Writing Teachers (186 KB)

Download 7. Pandemic Pivoting: Preparing Preservice Teachers through Method’s Courses and School-Based Placements (158 KB)

Download 8. (Re)Imagining Remote Teaching and Learning: Meeting Students Where They Are (209 KB)

Download 9. Reflection - Caring During an Epidemic…So Much to Learn and So Little Time (126 KB)

Download 10. Breaking Isolation While Social Distancing: The Impact of an Ongoing Teacher Educator Community of Practice on a Doctoral Student’s Pandemic Pedagogy Development (146 KB)

Download 11. Reflection - When it Rains it Pours: Homesteading and Learning to Teach During a Pandemic (171 KB)

Download 12. Working Together: Facilitating Collaboration in Remote Learning Environments (173 KB)

Download 13. Mask-making as Metaphor: A Vision for a New Research Praxis (123 KB)

Download 14. Lessons from the Pivot to Social Media for Academics (365 KB)


This text includes chapters from instructional designers, university faculty and staff, and undergraduate and graduate students, and the text has been divided into three sections to reflect these varied perspectives. Each section begins with research-based perspectives, but also contains more personal narratives at the end. While the context of most of the chapters is the United States, there are also chapters with a Canadian context. It is also important to note that, as of the first half of 2021, the pandemic rages on, and mentions of COVID-19 in the following chapters will be reflective of the state of affairs in North America in the spring and fall of 2020.

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Teaching, Learning, COVID, Pandemic, Higher Education, students


Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Leadership | Educational Methods | Educational Technology | Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


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.

Lessons from the Pivot: Higher Education's Response to the Pandemic

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