Were university campuses ready to shift to large-scale distance learning as a result of the COVID-19 crisis?

Cloud, Productivity tools I think that in the big picture universities were not ready for this. Oddly, however, anyone that's in the middle of a modernization project of any kind, and anyone that is a bit more of a social CIO and a relationship builder, I feel as if the transition has been a lot easier.  But our primary role is supporting our student success. And that means building up our faculty. We were not remotely prepared for this but I think that we started those conversations about a week prior and that was without even thinking about us going online.  We weren't prepared but we had already made a step in a digital direction that has led up to being prepared for today, even though we still weren't completely prepared. We just need to capture the opportunity that exists, because these are all directions that, as universities, we've needed to move into.

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I think that in the big picture universities were not ready for this. Oddly, however, anyone that's in the middle of a modernization project of any kind, and anyone that is a bit more of a social CIO and a relationship builder, I feel as if the transition has been a lot easier.  But our primary role is supporting our student success. And that means building up our faculty. We were not remotely prepared for this but I think that we started those conversations about a week prior and that was without even thinking about us going online.  We weren't prepared but we had already made a step in a digital direction that has led up to being prepared for today, even though we still weren't completely prepared. We just need to capture the opportunity that exists, because these are all directions that, as universities, we've needed to move into.