As the nationwide higher-education landscape shifted to remote learning in March, UVM faculty, supported by staff in multiple units, rapidly pivoted to this reality of life during pandemic times. A kitchen table with a laptop became the new lectern; a seat on the couch became the new seat in a classroom; those were the easy parts.
Anyone who has made a trip to Pho Dang Vietnamese Café in Essex Junction might recall the tasty pho noodles, sweet iced coffee or low-key atmosphere. What they likely won’t think about is whether they paid for their meal with cash or a credit card.
Walking into Morrill Hall Tuesday and Thursday mornings during his first semester at UVM, Tom Freeman has stepped into an immersive learning experience of a different sort.