Letter from David Levin, Executive Producer of REMOTE

REMOTE began as an immediate response to the COVID crisis last spring. Designed as a straightforward way to equip faculty with the best tools and tips of remote and hybrid teaching, its goal was to support them as they began in-class work with students in the fall of 2020. Almost 50,000 faculty and administration registered to join us live, and the event exceeded all our expectations!

Now, a year later, we know that COVID will be with us – in some form – forever. We also know that we don’t want to “go back” to January 2020 as if it was some kind of perfect pedagogical world. It wasn’t.

The pace of reform across Higher Ed has been glacial over the last decade. Yet COVID, with its relentless, ugly grip, has ushered in more changes than we’ve seen over the past 10 years (despite the good intent of faculty, administrators and innovators). Higher Ed is now changed forever – and the next two years will see that cascade of change flow through institutions of all sizes.

On the positive side, we’ve learned so much in the last year. Student behaviors and expectations have changed. Workplace and professional practice have been significantly reshaped. We can do SO much better for our students NOW than we could in January 2020.

To build on this communal experience, we invite you to join us as we share the great things colleagues have learned since last spring:

  • How to build the best hybrid courses
  • How to blend remote and in-person classes
  • How to take advantage of the synchronous and the asynchronous
  • How to build social learning in a virtual world
  • How to connect studying and life
  • How to partner with technology companies to drive innovation and learning outcomes

We also invite you to share techniques and strategies to support this year’s new-arrival college students – many of whom have essentially missed the last year of school and are in real risk of failure.

REMOTE 2020 was an outstanding success. Join us, at REMOTE 2021 (June 9-10), to enjoy this global forum, featuring the best teaching practices available. Together, let’s make a difference!

My best,