“It’s fun, it’s engaging and it forces students to think critically,” Kliminski said of the software she and other instructors selected after trying out 20 programs within a week. “It’s amazing how fast you can mobilize when you need to.”

Nursing Simulation
A screenshot of the nursing simulation software Madison College recently bought to train students remotely during the pandemic.

Virtual simulation software had long been on Kliminski’s list to try, but she never felt a push to do so until COVID-19 entered the public lexicon.

“This may change the landscape in how we provide nursing education,” she said.

Bakken, the college’s provost, said she has heard from some instructors who fear the pandemic will push face-to-face instruction to obsolescence. She has spent some of her time in recent weeks assuaging those anxieties.

“There’s nothing that can replace a person-to-person interaction,” she said. “A pat on the back. A hug. A person smiling at you. I just want to assure them that we’re going to learn a lot through this. We are going to learn a lot, and I think higher ed will be forever changed.”

“… We are literally reinventing a college in a matter of days and building systems in a matter of hours.” Turina Bakken, MATC provost

SOURCE: Kelly Meyerhofer
Kelly Meyerhofer covers higher education for the Wisconsin State Journal. She can be reached at 608-252-6106 or kmeyerhofer@madison.com.