As with all the other colleagues writing at this time, I note the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves as individuals, as Higher Education institutions and as a sector.
It is hard to believe that I wrote this blog piece, “Through the lens of humanity: (Y)our teaching matters!” only nineteen days ago. So much has changed since then. The human race is under threat of COVID-19. Right now, in South Africa, we find ourselves in lockdown, in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. I think it is safe to say that Lockdown South Africa has affected us all, whether at work and/or educational institution, home or play.
COVID 19 has turned the world upside down resulting in widespread shut downs of institutions, business entities and national borders in attempts to flatten the curve of rising infections. As the nation went into quarantine, so too did all the institutions of higher education in the country. I reflect on a number of consequences and impacts of a quarantined academy.
As the world braces for an onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have taken drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus. These measures have included government mandated lockdowns, which requires citizens to stay at home in an effort to quell the spread of the disease. Currently, in South Africa, we find ourselves in a state of suspension. The country has literally come to a “stand-still” with only essential services in operation.
With the necessary and immediate move by universities to embrace remote teaching and online learning, the COVID-19 situation forces us to reflect deeply on the ‘traditional’ taught Curriculum in terms of what can be taught and assessed in truncated chunks,