Higher Education Is Now Functioning With Much More Humanity

The new normal of teaching college classes

a student texting on his phone with a teacher on the right side on a computer
It's a challenge to maintain continuity in the classroom in a severely fractured academic year, but it's doable. Kacy Burdette/Getty Images

The sudden shift to remote teaching and learning following the Covid-19 outbreak and global pandemic has been a remarkable experiment for students, faculty, instructional staff and colleges and universities at large. We are learning on the fly, from one another and through trial and error about how to teach online, how to communicate with students in and out of class and how to maintain continuity in a severely fractured academic year. While not perfect, we are now meeting our students where they live.

David Rosowsky is the former provost and svp at University of Vermont.