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Last fall, the world had strikingly different opinions on how universities should deliver education. The views varied from bringing students back on campus for a hybrid classroom/virtual learning experience to keeping them home and delivering a 100 percent virtual learning environment.

Indiana’s three research universities independently made the decision to bring students back to campus for hybrid learning. Importantly, university leadership worked with various local and state agencies to ensure this approach was not only safe for students, faculty and staff, but also for the surrounding communities.

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged across the country in the fall, university campuses across Indiana used a combination of public health best practices coupled with testing, tracing, and isolation programs to respond to spikes in infection. This outcome was not based on luck but preparation, communication, and coordination, among and between universities.

On January 7th,  BioCrossroads’ first Frameworx of 2021 will convene leaders from Indiana University, Purdue University and University of Notre Dame to discuss their COVID-19 responses and share approaches to and learnings from their respective campuses:

  • David Broecker, Chief Innovation and Collaboration Officer, Purdue Research Foundation
  • Dr. Aaron Carroll, Associate Dean for Research Mentoring, Indiana University
  • Marianne Corr, Vice President and General Counsel, University of Notre Dame

In the session we’ll learn more about how they kept their numbers significantly lower than the rest of the state, how they spared their workforce and communities from an outbreak, and whether the actions they took could be scaled and applied to other communities. They’ll also share plans for bringing students back on campus this spring as cases surge across the country?.

Tune in on January 7th to learn more.

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