How a virtual course on pandemics could provide a model to address other challenges: Opinion

June 10, 2021

University of Guelph professors Elizabeth Finnis, Sofie Lachapelle, and T Ryan Gregory describe their experience and learnings from leading an interdisciplinary, virtual course on pandemics. The authors discuss how providing weekly panels with knowledge from multiple disciplines helped participants make sense of the abundance of information disseminated during the COVID-19 pandemic and provided a place for them to make connections. “Even as the pandemic kept us apart physically, the course created a deeply engaging virtual community,” write Finnis, Lachapelle, and Gregory. The authors explain that the course also demonstrated the potential benefits of the virtual classroom and provided a model through which urgent, complex challenges could be addressed. The Conversation (Editorial)