Title of Research Output

Post-Pandemic University Timeline Project

Faculty

Education

Supervisor Name

Melody Viczko

Keywords

covid-19, post-secondary, pandemic, university, university covid impacts, student experience, covid communications

Description

In early 2020, the start of the covid-19 pandemic brought in-person post-secondary learning to a abrupt halt. Over the last two years, universities across Canada have worked to follow public health orders and preserve the university experience as case counts and variants continued to disrupt our everyday lives, closing and opening campuses with little warning. Throughout the pandemic, universities communicated virtually with students about a variety of topics including "emotional support and building a shared experience", "government mandates and tracing cases", "learning modality", "spaces of facility, operations, and strategy" as well as "student services". In order to better understand the correlation between the time period of each COVID-19 pandemic wave in Canada and the frequency of each category of university response, a timeline covering the period from January 2020 to April 2022 was created.

The goal of creating this timeline is to connect university responses to the context of the pandemic, regionally, nationally, and globally. In doing this, we seek to understand and speak to trends that may be uncovered in terms of the types of responses. Three universities communications and responses were organized, dated and coded using Dedoose. The three university responses that were analyzed (UBC, UAlberta and Western) will be used as the initial phase of the research in order to create a platform that can be built upon to complete the full U-15 dataset.

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank my supervisor Dr. Melody Viczko for their mentorship and support in this project over the summer as well as my other colleagues Renata Matsumoto and Rajender Singh who I worked closely with and provided me a great deal of support. I would also like to thank Kelly Bairos, Mara Bordignon, and Shannon McKechnie for all their work on the project before I joined the team this summer and on the other corresponding projects. It has been a pleasure working with Dr. Viczko's team in the Faculty of Education!

Comments

This timeline story map is in draft form and will continue to be built upon as further work is done on the project.

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Post-Pandemic University Timeline Project

In early 2020, the start of the covid-19 pandemic brought in-person post-secondary learning to a abrupt halt. Over the last two years, universities across Canada have worked to follow public health orders and preserve the university experience as case counts and variants continued to disrupt our everyday lives, closing and opening campuses with little warning. Throughout the pandemic, universities communicated virtually with students about a variety of topics including "emotional support and building a shared experience", "government mandates and tracing cases", "learning modality", "spaces of facility, operations, and strategy" as well as "student services". In order to better understand the correlation between the time period of each COVID-19 pandemic wave in Canada and the frequency of each category of university response, a timeline covering the period from January 2020 to April 2022 was created.

The goal of creating this timeline is to connect university responses to the context of the pandemic, regionally, nationally, and globally. In doing this, we seek to understand and speak to trends that may be uncovered in terms of the types of responses. Three universities communications and responses were organized, dated and coded using Dedoose. The three university responses that were analyzed (UBC, UAlberta and Western) will be used as the initial phase of the research in order to create a platform that can be built upon to complete the full U-15 dataset.