|Zen and the Art of Motorcycle |
Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig, 2006
"...the real university exists not as the physical campus, but as a body of reason within the minds of students and teachers ..."
From Chapter 13, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig, 2006Decades later this idea has been made a practical reality by adopting teleworking and telelearning. I suggest those organizing events at universities should not cancel or postpone them, assuming the current emergency will end soon: it will not. Instead, just as with teaching, organizers of events should provide blended, or fully online, options. The idea of the university can continue, despite the crisis, through adaption. This will be important to the well-being of staff and students, who need something to keep them occupied, other than worrying about a pandemic. It is also important that the university continue to provide a valuable service to the community, through research, education, and community outreach.