Online classes, video meetings: Can coronavirus spur low-carbon habits?
(Reuters, 11 Mar 2020) As a pandemic shuts down conferences, transport, schools and sporting events worldwide, it may nudge people toward new behaviors that could create lasting emissions cuts
than 20 deaths so far in one of the worst outbreaks in the United States, the University of Washington this week shuttered its classrooms in a bid to contain the spread of the disease.
But lecturer Ian Schnee's philosophy class for 300 students took place as scheduled on Monday - just online. Eighty tuned in live, with more expected to watch the recording later.
Schnee's other teaching also happened virtually, with 20 students joining a video-streaming chatroom to share answers to logic problems and ask questions before upcoming exams.
"I could share my desktop and other students could share theirs", the same as with the office whiteboard, he said. "Doing it virtually was a pretty rich experiment."