Duke Kunshan University (DKU) in Kunshan, China, was one of the first US-affiliated institutions forced into lockdown due to its geographical proximity to the origin of the Covid-19 outbreak.
While students and faculty were celebrating Chinese New Year in January 2020, Covid-19 began to take hold in China. Many students and faculty were off campus, spread across China and the world. With travel restrictions in place, it was clear that classes as normal could not resume.
When choosing online tools, you need to think carefully about which levels of learning you are trying to address: habits, constructs or abstractions.
Learning new habits involves repetition and reinforcement; learning new constructs involves connecting existing knowledge with new information; and learning new abstractions involves reconceptualising existing understanding to develop new perspectives.