Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Weathering the storm, Higher Education, crisis and technology enhanced learning

Abstract: Technology-enhanced learning as an approach to institutional crises, like COVID-19 is not a new approach. Hurricane Katrina, the Christchurch earthquakes, SARS, and the H1N1 (swine flu) similarly disrupted tertiary education and challenged institutions to develop business continuity strategies.

In this special session, our international panel discussed the challenges posed by pandemics and natural disasters, how they addressed the challenge, and lessons learnt.


  • Dr Nicola Dabner, Senior Lecturer, College of Education, Health & Human Development, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Dr Goh Moh Heng, President of BCM Institution and Managing Director of GMH Continuity Architects, Singapore
  • Dr Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost Academic Programs and Vice-Provost, Innovation in Undergraduate Education, University of Toronto, Canada.
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