No one—not even large universities with storied legacies—could have prepared for how disruptive the COVID-19 pandemic would be.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public university with more than 51,000 students from more than 100 countries. It’s also an innovation powerhouse: the first graphical web browser was developed there, and it’s home to a research park that’s a technology hub for Fortune 500 companies and startups alike.
But like many universities, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign had to quickly pivot to virtual learning when college campuses shut down to stem the spread of the coronavirus, all while finding ways to creatively tap into technology to benefit its community.
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