Hindsight, Foresight, and Our Post-COVID Future

“Hindsight, Foresight, and Our Post-COVID Future” by Paul McKimmy of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, United States has been announced as a keynote to be presented at The 8th IAFOR International Conference on Education in Hawaii (IICE2023) and The 3rd IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities in Hawaii (IICAH2023).

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Hindsight, Foresight, and Our Post-COVID Future

The COVID pandemic challenged higher education to adapt to new parameters on a timeline no one saw coming. Typically slow to change, educational institutions made difficult changes on an accelerated timeline and under stressful conditions. Components of online education shifted from secondary to primary importance for nearly all institutions. As a result, some colleges closed under the strain. Now in the post-pandemic phase, we can reflect on which pre-pandemic institutional efforts paid dividends during the crisis. As a lead on the planning and support of online programs at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, and as chair of the Mānoa Distance Learning Committee, the presenter was positioned to support and observe efforts in multiple programs. This presentation will discuss observations and predictions relating to promising institutional strategies that have and will continue to benefit our programs in the post-pandemic reality.


Paul McKimmy
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, United States

Paul McKimmy, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, United StatesPaul McKimmy is interim Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa where he leads the tenure and promotion process, co-chairs the distance learning advisory committee, reviews policy and contract cases, and coordinates professional development for faculty.

Dr McKimmy has a combined thirty years of experience in higher education, including twenty years with the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa College of Education. As the College’s Director of Technology & Distance Programs, his roles included planning and managing instructional support services, technical services, and the development of distance programs. As a faculty member in the Learning Design & Technology department, he also developed curriculum and taught courses in instructional design, academic technology, and online learning. He continues to serve on doctoral committees with the department.

Dr McKimmy holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, Master's degrees in College Student Personnel and Guidance and Counseling from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Hope College.

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