Proactive Steps to Ensure Engagement with Students Before Crisis/Emergencies Occur

Brief Paper: Practice Based (Pre-Recorded) ID: 58869
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    Katie Archer Olson
    Alaska Christian College

Abstract: COVID-19 has led many post-secondary institutions to reevaluate their plans for academic continuity. Content specialists scrambled to make sense of andragogy, quality online frameworks were researched, academic administrations reflected shortcomings of crisis and emergency planning while students were expected to make yet another major adjustment to navigating post-secondary. The utilization of social media took on scholarly connections to promote communities of inquiry. Reviewing current peer-reviewed research, proactive best practices are identified to help ease the anxiety of stakeholders during future uncontrollable natural crises.


Crisis and Emergency Planning Academic Continuity Using Social Media to increase engagement Developing Community of Inquiries to keep learning active Supporting First-Generation Students

Topical Outline

1. Background of Crisis and Emergency Planning within Institutions and Academic Departments 2. What we have learned 3. Preparing for the Future 4. Utilizing Social Media as COI tool 5. Supporting First-Generation Students


Any Post-Secondary Faculty and Administration

Experience Level



Katie Archer Olson is an associate professor and chairperson in the Paraprofessional Education program at Alaska Christian College, Soldotna, AK, USA. She received her B. S. (Psychology/Chemistry) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her M. A. T. (Early Childhood Education) from the University of Alaska Southeast. She anticipates receiving her doctorate from the American College of Education in spring 2023 in Instructional Technology focusing on Diverse Adult Learners.


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