Kristi Julian

Global Shutdown: Voices from Universities Around the World

Digital technologies have had a great impact on higher education institutions (HEI) in recent years, but COVID-19 has strongly influenced the education sector worldwide. This panel discussion we give an account of different university stories from Europe, North America, and Africa.
Universities were faced with the task of offering online or blended learning scenarios overnight. What effects did the shutdown have on their country’s educational sector and HEI? How was digitalization perceived after the lockdown? How did the institution deal with transforming their traditional classes? Are there state or federal policies in place that support and provide mechanisms to address technical issues, social inequalities, accessibility issues and training for faculty and staff? What are the biggest challenges in digital learning that need to be overcome? What lessons were learned and how can we learn from each other. Global learning and virtual exchange can offer new opportunities for the global educational community? Can COVID-19 be a blessing in disguise for the educational community? What lies ahead and is there going to be a “new normal” after this crisis has died down?
Each panelist will present a short brief about the educational policies in their respective country by highlighting how their HEI tackled the enormous challenges caused by the pandemic since March 2020. We will hear voices from Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (Portugal), Conestoga College, Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning (Canada), Middle Tennessee State University (USA), University of Cape Coast (Ghana), and University of Nairobi (Kenya).

Panel Presentation Abstract.
Submitted July 25, 2020
If accepted: Virtual Presentation October 7, 2020
https://festival.hfd.digital/de/call-for-participation/sessioncall/.I .

Each panelist will present 5 min on their country/institutional situation. We create slides for this online session minimum 500 words each of written text for the journal article.

Regina Brautlacht
Kristi Julian
Wendi Hulme
Lurdes Martin
Daniel Agyapong
Joseph Owino


Kristi Julian

Professor Dr. Kristi Julian

Prof. Dr. Kristi Julian
Middle Tennessee State University, USA

Prof. Dr. Kristi Julian
Dr. Kristi Julian is a Professor and Program Coordinator at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Julian is a National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) registered interior designer with experience in facilities design, healthcare, hospitality and construction. Dr. Julian is a Council for Interior Design Accreditation Site Visitor Chair and has over 35 years of practical experience in the field. Her research interests focus on interior design pedagogy, virtual exchange and sustainability. She is a scholarship reviewer for numerous journals including but not limited to American Society of Engineering Education, Journal of Engineering Technology, Interior Design Educator’s Council, Common Ground Research Network Journals, and Sustainability Journal and has over 44 research publications. Dr. Julian is an Accredited Professional with Leadership in Environmental Design Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C), Evidence Based Design (EDAC) and WELL Building Standard. Dr. Julian is a founding member of the Council of Virtual Exchange (CoVE) and currently its acting Director of Research and Online Interface.

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