Educators across the globe are scrambling to shift gears from their in-person environment to one that demands an immediate expertise in the virtual classroom. But can efforts allowing students to socially distance from university campuses and avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus replicate an engaging, inclusive classroom? 

Three Cal State Fullerton faculty members have the answers. They study and teach the digital classroom. Their research and expertise shape the trends of future education and business leaders. 

Tim Green, and Loretta Donovan, both professors of elementary and bilingual education, teach in the masters of educational technology program. The program focuses on how to effectively leverage technology with pedagogy and assessments to deliver teaching and learning. 

Cynthia Gautreau, associate professor of elementary and bilingual education, teaches in the masters of science in instructional design and technology program. She instructs employees of Google, Disneyland, SchoolsFirst Credit Union and others to train their tech teams.

Gerard Beenen, interim associate dean and professor of management at CSUF's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, has studied teaching online. His research focuses on workplace motivation, creativity and learning, leader interpersonal skills and management education.

Beenen says: 

"As numerous universities and schools are rapidly switching to virtual or online instruction to contain the spread of COVID 19, it's critical that instructors use appropriate principles and techniques. Failure to do so will lead to disengaged students and watered-down learning environments."

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