VCU English Goes Virtual

April 2, 2020

Like many of our colleagues, VCU English Professor Nicholas Frankel had limited experience with online learning prior to the COVID-19 crisis. Frankel had previously used Blackboard, a bulletin board platform, but did not want online learning to replace in-person lecture and the traditional classroom setting.

“In the past, I've concluded that Blackboard was no substitute for the live classroom experience,” Frankel said. “My students would almost unanimously agree with this, I feel sure.”

But as COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, continued to spread, Frankel began working with the university’s Academic Learning Transformation Lab to identify the tools necessary to move his classes online. The lab, a specialized group within VCU, has played a key role in transitioning the university to an online learning environment during the pandemic.

To find out more about how VCU's ALT Lab is helping Frankel and others bring their coursework to students virtually check out the article in VCU News.