Fostering Rapid Institution-wide Curricular Change in Response to COVID-19

  • Eric Werth University of Pikeville
  • Katherine Williams University of Pikeville
  • Lori Werth University of Pikeville
Keywords: Open Educational Resources, calendar changes, coronavirus

Abstract

To aid students during COVID-19, the University of Pikeville transitioned all undergraduate classes to no-cost alternatives for course textbooks. Additionally, the academic calendar was modified for the first time in the institution’s 130-year history from a traditional 16-week semester to 8-week block scheduling. This  case study explores strategies, approaches to corresponding with constituents, and lessons learned in leading an institution through two major curricular changes in under six months in response to a global pandemic.

Author Biographies

Eric Werth, University of Pikeville

Dr. Eric Werth is the Professional Development Manager at the University of Pikeville. He works with faculty on improving student learning through the use of technology, online instruction, and open practices. His research interests relate to the use of Open Pedagogy in higher education. Email: ericwerth@upike.edu

Katherine Williams, University of Pikeville

Katherine Williams is the Professional Development Educator at the University of Pikeville. She works with faculty on improving student learning through the use of technology, online instruction, and open practices. Her research interests include post-colonial and open pedagogies and disrupting neoliberalism in the academy. Email: katherinewilliams@upike.edu

Lori Werth, University of Pikeville

Dr. Lori Werth is the Provost at the University of Pikeville. As a Fulbright Scholar and researcher, she led an initiative in collaboration with Khan Academy bringing support to over 10,000 students. Having taught face-to-face and online, Dr. Werth understands the value of technology in supporting teaching and learning. Email: loriwerth@upike.edu

Published
2020-11-19
How to Cite
Werth, E., Williams, K., & Werth, L. (2020). Fostering Rapid Institution-wide Curricular Change in Response to COVID-19. Journal of Learning for Development , 7(3), 416-422. Retrieved from https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/434
Section
Case Studies