Coronavirus and the Engaged Campus: Resources

March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout our region, higher education institutions have taken steps to protect students, employees and the community. These actions have unique implications for campuses engaged in fulfilling higher education’s civic mission and offering service-learning courses. This blog contains resources to help member campuses transition through this difficult time.

Health Information and Resources

Always consult health authorities first for the best information on risk and recommended precautionary steps. Below are links to updates from state public health departments, Johns Hopkins and the CDC:

Here are updated Travel Notices for countries with community transmission.

Resources for Online Teaching

Most campuses have chosen to move to only online classes for some period of time.

This spreadsheet offers great resources for online teaching as faculty consider how to continue to meet educational goals in a different context for ALL students.

Here are additional resources for student learning:

Virtual Engagement Ideas:

In some cases, students’ community-engaged work may be able to shift in ways that still meet community needs and learning outcomes. Here are a few ideas:

  • conducting background research or gathering best practices or other information requested the partner(s)
  • taping, recording, or streaming performances or workshops to benefit community partner(s)
  • creating digital and other social media content, print program materials, or other methods for information-sharing
  • undertaking assessment, evaluation, or feedback via phone or web-based services;
  • offering (or compiling, researching, or brainstorming) strategies that provide indirect support from volunteers as a result of coronavirus
  • conducting virtual or phone-based educational supports for youth and adults

If work with an existing partner is not possible, you may be able to find suitable opportunities through these channels:

General Higher Education Resource Links

Other Resources

Closures and Campus Plans

Inside Higher Ed recently posted this roundup of closures and other announcements.