Pandemic drives transition to digital college course materials over textbooks

2 March 2021

INSIDE HIGHER ED — For the first year on record, more faculty members used learning management systems than print course materials when teaching classes, according a new report released Tuesday from the National Association of College Stores. The 2020 Faculty Watch report is based on a survey of 968 faculty members.

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Baylor Law People’s Law School program goes online

18 February 2021

WACO TRIBUNE-HAROLD — With an ongoing pandemic, Baylor University Law School officials are trying to find the silver lining in the COVID-19 and wintry clouds by offering the annual People’s Law School this year in an all-virtual format. The event’s track record includes more than 250 sessions on legal rights and responsibilities.

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UConn Law taking cautious steps in re-opening campus

18 February 2021

UCONN TODAY — As vaccinations open a path back to normalcy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the UConn School of Law has taken cautious steps toward slowly reopening the campus. For the first time since March 2020, in-person classes are being held at the law school. All are being held in the library.

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Penn Law librarian Genevieve Tung discusses transition to virtual support and services

18 February 2021

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CAREY LAW SCHOOL — In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced an instantaneous pivot to virtual learning at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, and Biddle Law Library was at the forefront of coordinating efforts to make the transition to remote as seamless as possible.

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A look at the effects of the pandemic on student well-being

12 February 2021

INSIDE HIGHER ED — Winter break and the start of next term are fast approaching. At this point, most colleges that have announced their plans for the spring are intending to continue their modality and residence choices from the fall. Many have brought students back to campus but are continuing most instruction online.

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Colleges return to in-person classes amid pandemic fatigue

12 February 2021

NPR — Last week, Ayiana Davis Polen finally set foot on the campus of Spelman College — a historically Black liberal arts school for women in Atlanta. She’s a freshman there but had started her college experience last fall taking classes from her bedroom in Puerto Rico.

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Some colleges embrace online classes as an alternative to weather cancelations

12 February 2021

INSIDE HIGHER ED — Before the pandemic, Tuesday would have been a traditional snow day with no classes for any students. This year, class schedules weren’t disrupted. In many cases, a COVID-19-induced pivot to online learning last spring paved the way for colleges and universities large and small to eliminate or curtail snow days.

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Willamette Law Review to host virtual symposium on housing equity

11 February 2021

WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW — This year’s symposium will cover a range of state and federal housing issues, including housing in the Western United States and problems of housing equity. Professor Richard Rothstein, an expert in the history of American housing issues, will give the keynote address on housing and segregation in the U.S.

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University at Buffalo Law NYC Program in Finance and Law moves online during the pandemic

5 February 2021

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO — One of the most difficult challenges is making decisions amid uncertainty. UB law school had to make some tough calls on this year’s New York City Program in Finance and Law. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, they decided to move the program to the spring semester and to conduct it virtually.

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A look at the long-term effects of online learning on student well-being and academic success

5 February 2021

INSIDE HIGHER ED — Research has shown that remote learning can be as good or better than in-person learning for the students who choose it. But thousands of students will soon be entering their third semester of remote instruction despite having self-selected for an in-person college experience.

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