by Kate Tairyan, MD, MPH
The University of Washington’s (UW) Seattle campus is about 5 miles as the vector flies from Kirkland’s “Life Care Center,” the now ironically named the first epicenter of North America’s COVID-19 epidemic. And on March 6, after >25,000 people had signed a petition to stop in-person classes — they did.
UW is hardly alone among academic institutions both domestically and globally dealing with such concerns: according to UNESCO, an unprecedented 777+ million students in 100 countries are currently out of school because of COVID-19. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay says: “While temporary school closures as a result of health and other crises are not new, unfortunately, the global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled and, if prolonged, could threaten the right to education.” The news release adds: “In response, UNESCO is supporting the implementation of large-scale distance learning programs and recommending open educational applications and platforms that schools and teachers can use to reach learners remotely. The organization is sharing best practices to leverage inexpensive mobile technologies for teaching and learning purposes to mitigate educational disruption.”
“Without such online remedies, this quiet brain drain could be the greatest impact of COVID-19.”
With such large-scaled closures and implications, it is clearly time to use the excellent alternative educational tools we have at hand. With abundant data to support their quality and efficacy, the Internet Archive’s Open Library, NextGenU.org, People’s Uni, Nurses International, and others are partnering to make online courses and digital libraries freely available to universities and educators currently without them, so their students can study (and our colleges/universities can stay strong) during restrictions on gathering and travel. We’re hoping that more institutions will come aboard this initiative and make one (or more) courses available so faculty without current online courses can assign such work to their students, and avoid losing valuable academic time.
Without such online remedies, this quiet brain drain could be the greatest impact of COVID-19.
Might your institution be interested in joining a collaboration of course-offering organizations to help protect our students and universities during travel bans? We’re leading a ”Share a Course, Not a Virus COVID-19 Initiative,” and we would love to have your collaboration to keep students studying. Consider making one or more courses open access during travel and gathering restrictions and/or grant broader access to part/all of your digital library as part of this collaborative effort. There are proven strategies that allow many hands to help without creating additional burdens for helping institutions.
If you would like to learn more about sharing a course, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and to learn more about sharing your libraries books in digital formats, contact email@example.com.
Here’s the growing list of courses currently on offer for this initiative.
Table Title: COVID-19 Course Share – Share a Course, Not a Virus Keep Students Studying!
- Environmental Health
- Climate Change and Health
- War and Health
- Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Substance Use Disorders (screening, prevention, and counseling)
- Community-Oriented Primary Care
- Breast Health
- Emergency Medicine
- Lifestyle Medicine
- Disaster Management and Emergency Planning
- Public Health Nutrition
- Evaluation of Interventions
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Health Economics
- Health Promotion
- Non-Communicable Diseases
- Public Health Concepts for Policy Makers
NextGenU.org and our colleagues invite would-be learners, potential institutional collaborators, and the media to visit www.NextGenU.org or to email info@NextGenU.org for further information.
Dr. Kate Tairyan is the Director of Public Health for NextGenU.org. She received one of the 19 Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health Awards and is leading the first free online public health program in the world. You can read more about Dr. Tairyan here.
Good, but COVID-19 has affected almost the whole world.
its hard to stay alone in home.
We got together at school and had good social relationships
today I heard about a coronavirus test being OK at an Australian university.
Coronavirus closed schools. Here are online education classes for every age and grade https://somuchinfo.com/2020/03/17/coronavirus-closed-schools-here-are-online-education-classes-for-every-age-and-grade/
in my opinion we have to do this things
Don’t share prevention or treatment methods without consulting official sources
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I heard about a coronavirus test being OK at an Australian university
I hope the corona virus goes away sooner
I would have people recover about his virus
Thanks for sharing with us.
its hard to stay alone in home.
May the Force be with you all
Really informative content…I think corona more longer will stay here
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This Virus as made govt suspend all gatherings including schools and church in my country. May God save us all
We’ve survived tougher virus, we would survive this. Amen! Stay safe guys
Thanks for your update on this Virus. The corona virus will soon be a thing of the past soon.. Our leaders will tackle it the best way.
We are linking to this particularly great article on our website.
Keep up the great writing
Thanks for sharing
The virus is dangerous for the elderly
UAE confirms first two COVID-19 deaths
The country, which has 140 cases to date, has introduced restrictions on arrivals but not imposed confinement measures.
Thank you for sharing
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