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Italian lessons: what we’ve learned from two months of home schooling

Fri 24 Apr 2020

Schools in northern Italy were the first in Europe to close. Since then, teachers, parents and kids across the country have all had to adapt to a new existence – and the results have surprised everyone. By Tobias Jones

Most of us in Emilia-Romagna, in northern Italy, remember the weekend of 22 February very clearly. To begin with there were just rumours – phone calls and messages flying around between friends – but then it was confirmed: all schools in the region were going to close for a week.

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Early signs of fall 2020: three paths, three scenarios for higher education

Posted on April 27, 2020 by Bryan Alexander

Several days ago I posted a set of scenarios for how higher education might function during this upcoming fall semester, depending on how the coronavirus pandemic develops.

One of the scenarios, COVID Fall, imagines today’s “remote instruction” continuing for the rest of calendar 2020.  Another, Post-Pandemic Campus, envisions colleges and universities returning in the fall to the traditional face-to-face mode after COVID-19’s danger has ebbed to a certain level.  A third, which I called Toggle Term, described campuses being ready and able to switch between online and in-person instruction as circumstances changed.

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