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Colleges, universities navigate new virtual world of learning amid COVID-19

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For years, Michael Shelmet said he has been working with college faculty to discuss the ways online platforms can be used to augment classroom instruction.

In the second half of March, Shelmet, director of instructional technology at Drexel University, ramped up his efforts as word came the Philadelphia-based higher education institution was going to be closing its campus and transitioning to online learning in response to COVID-19.