DavidsonLearns Offers In-person and Online Classes for Fall 2021
After last year’s fully online curriculum due to COVID-19, DavidsonLearns returns to in-person classes this fall, with nine courses scheduled to meet in person. Six online classes will meet via Zoom, as well as one hybrid course, in which in-person and online students learn simultaneously.
Details on the Fall 2021 curriculum will be posted on DavidsonLearns.org in mid-July, with course registration beginning at 10 a.m. on August 2.
Student surveys from the seven Fall 2020 online classes reflected a high level of satisfaction with the online experience, but also a strong desire to return to in-person classes.
Like academic institutions across the globe, DavidsonLearns was forced by COVID-19 to pivot to online learning in 2020–2021, adjusting quickly to the radical restrictions imposed by the pandemic. A remarkable effort from Board members and volunteers during summer 2020—and a quick orientation to Zoom—resulted in 16 online courses and 25 online Spotlight Events that successfully shaped the last academic year.
Via the now-familiar Zoom format, DavidsonLearns held its annual meeting for members on May 25, reflecting the challenges and opportunities dictated by the restrictions of the pandemic. Outgoing President Wynn Mabry reported on the historic year and Executive Director Jake Jacobs introduced the new officers for 2021–2022, to be led by incoming President Kathy Pearce.
Two members of the Board of Advisors, Amy Diamond and John Griffith, retired at the end of the 2020–2021 academic year, and four new advisors have joined the board for three-year terms: Bill Cockrill, Steve Donnell. Lydia Lorenzin, and Jane Ratteree.
Amy Diamond was among the founding members of DavidsonLearns in 2012, managing myriad details and leading the new organization as its first executive director. During his tenure, John Griffith brought his experience as a national leader in education to bear, leading the board in a strategic planning process that is central to its goal of managed growth. The Board of Advisors saluted their contributions with enthusiastic gratitude and lifelong memberships in DavidsonLearns.