Remote Communities of Practice, Resilience, and Mentorship During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Abstract: The presenters for these sessions are the Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives, the Assistant Dean of Career and Industry Engagement, two mid-career undergraduate and graduate faculty who are also Faculty Directors of MBA programs, a senior professor of practice who is also the Director of Digital Learning for the College and the College’s Instructional Designer. We all hail from one of the United States’ largest business schools at a tier-one public research university in the Southern region of the US and we shall discuss changes in academic, administrative, and professional development practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our College is one of the top producers of minority graduates with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in our state with nearly two thirds of the students in the program qualifying for federal financial aid, and approximately forty-five percent are first generation college students. The papers presented shall discuss the background and impact of initiatives that range from slight modifications to major changes in how courses are adapted, developed, deployed, and supported during the ongoing pandemic. This symposium will offer lessons learned, best practices, and possible avenues for improvement for other institutions with similar backgrounds dealing with the academic, social, and financial challenges related to the pandemic.
Presider: Hayato Tokutake, Tokyo Denki University