This memo analyzes the need to expand access to and support around virtual learning methods as educational institutions move to online instruction. As schools, colleges, and universities across the country shutter for a few weeks, months, or until next semester due to COVID-19, many institutions are switching to virtual instruction and support services.
Though this is a helpful tool to keep education moving during the shut-down, there are some challenges that governors can address:
- Students and faculty may not have access to reliable broadband or equipment to access virtual learning;
- Faculty and students may not be familiar with technology or techniques to effectively teach and learn, particularly on complex issues; and
- Students need virtual options for on-campus resources for counseling, mental health, and other healthcare needs.
All NGA coronavirus memos can be found here, or visit Coronavirus: What You Need To Know for current information on the status of COVID-19 In The United States, a list of actions states/territories have taken to address both the public health and economic impacts, and policy resources.