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By The Yellowdig Team


*Normally we conduct monthly edtech recaps on major news we’re seeing throughout the industry. However given our current situation, we thought it would be more beneficial to provide a timeline recapping major news stories about how COVID-19 is impacting higher ed and how leaders in the space are responding. This recap is only representative of the timeline up until June 11, 2020.




  • * UNESCO has been monitoring global school closures in response to COVID-19 and report that local schools in China started closing as early as February 8, 2020. Link 

  • * Schools in Asia started closing at a national level due to COVID-19 mid-February (2/14/2020). Link 

  • * By the end of February, U.S. universities had started cancelling study abroad programs in Italy (2/26/2020). Link




  • * In early March, COVID-19 became a real threat for many Americans as the U.S. started planning for national school closures and how it might affect students (3/6/2020). Link

  • * The bleak reality of what college closures means for low-income and disadvantaged students became all the more clear (3/11/2020). Link

  • * The higher ed and education community at large came together and provided guides for online teaching and resources lists started popping up everywhere you looked (3/11/2020). Link

  • * COVID-19 impacted and continues to impact different universities differently (3/12/2020). Link

  • * College enrollment departments started to brainstorm ways to get students to commit without college visits and in person events (3/16/2020). Link

  • * Colleges with developed online programs were better prepared for the pandemic than those without (3/20/2020). Link

  • * Incoming students are starting to change their plans for the fall by taking a gap year or enrolling part time (3/25/2020). Link

  • * The security and privacy of Zoom started to be questioned as “Zoombombers” entered the scene (3/26/2020). Link

  • * Many educators weighed in on how the current form of distance learning is not representative of what successful online learning looks like (3/27/2020). Link




  • * Prepping for what a fall without in-person instruction might look like (4/1/2020). Link

  • * Critiques on Zoom and synchronous teaching (4/2/2020). Link

  • * Enrollment strategies change to attract new students (4/6/2020). Link

  • * Boston University is the first school to announce they may not reopen their campus in the fall and remain online (4/11/2020). Link

  • * Colleges and universities offer virtual study abroad programs (4/11/2020). Link 

  • * Students sue their respective college or university for tuition refunds (4/14/2020). Link 

  • * Universities experience significant losses, resulting in a different approach to their budgeting for the next fiscal year (4/20/2020). Link 

  • * The importance of community, especially virtual, are crucial for the fall (4/29/2020). Link

  • * Survey results predict an estimated decline in fall enrollment of up to 20% for four-year institutions (4/29/2020). Link 




  • * Top Hat survey reveals that students are reassessing their initial plan to return to their university in the fall (5/1/2020). Link 

  • * Hybrid-Flexible course models pose as an option for universities as they plan for the fall (5/7/2020). Link 

  • * Scott Galloway, Professor at NYU Stern School of Business, predicts that elite cyborg universities will take over higher education (5/11/2020). Link 

  • * California State University system plans for a virtual fall semester (5/14/2020). Link 

* While most institutions planning for in-person fall instruction are four-year colleges and universities, most institutions planning to remain virtual are two-year public colleges (5/20/2020). Link

* Self-reflection by an ed-tech skeptic on their teaching experience during the COVID-19 crisis (5/28/2020). Link

* Boston University’s plans for hosting a virtual new student orientation (5/29/2020). Link




  • *  Invite students to be at the center of decision making for the fall (6/5/2020). Link

  • *  15 scenarios for the fall from “normal” to fully remote and everything in between (6/9/2020). Link

  • *  How to use data to support students (6/9/2020). Link

  • *  Can you create online learning communities? (6/11/2020). Link


Moving forward:


  • * Phil on EdTech has been keeping tabs on the progressing situation and segmenting it into phases. We’re in phase 2 and heading into phase 3. Link

  • * How COVID-19 could change teaching and learning for the better. Link

  • * Bryan Alexander has been watching the situation closely and as a futurist has been making predictions for the fall and beyond. Link

  • * Holon IQ has been reporting and predicting how the pandemic has been affecting different regions and areas of education. Link

  • * Faculty and Administrator perspectives on the long-term impact of COVID-19 on higher education. Link

Disclaimer : This recap is based on what the Yellowdig team came across in the edtech news media in this month. We do not endorse any 3rd party sources or claim this list is comprehensive.