Our Response to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

 

To Our Participants and Collaborators around the World,

All of us at eDGH would like to emphasize our commitment to the health of our local and global community. During this time of crisis, our online courses will continue, and we will do our best to continue to ensure that everyone has access to the high-quality learning available from our instructors. We are committed to distance learning and feel that our courses offer a safe and important option in developing new skills and staying connected.

The uncertainty about the eventual impact around the world has created an understandable anxiety and while we are not making any major shifts right now in our planning or operation, it may be necessary to adjust in the future. Be assured that we will communicate with you as soon as we can foresee impact to our e-learning offerings.

Our eDGH team is mostly based in Seattle in the state of Washington, which has been one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. Everyone on the team is remaining safe and healthy and following the guidelines of our University and State government. Based on that, we are all working from home and finding ways to creatively accommodate these dramatic shifts while also keeping our collaboration with faculty and our course material as high quality as ever. As we determine ways to adjust to this crisis, we will be widely sharing solutions.

If you are currently enrolled in a course: There is no plan to alter any aspect of these courses. Your enrollment will continue as expected. If you need to make alterations or changes based on your own circumstances, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Recommendation for site groups: In other recent communications, we have encouraged current site coordinators to hold virtual site meetings rather than having them in person. Even if your local area does not have “stay at home” orders, we strongly encourage social distancing and hope to be very accommodating to sites meeting remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although not a perfect tool in the free version, Zoom provides video conferencing for meetings of up to 100 people of 40 minutes in length. Here are some tips for using it for classes.

We will be posting new information here and will be sending especially relevant updates to this same list so that you can stay aware of any changes, news or details that affect our course offerings.

If you have questions, please contact us at edgh@uw.edu

Our thoughts are with all of you—those on the front line and those of you working to keep your communities and families safe. We hope that you will continue to participate in our courses and know that we remain committed to providing quality professional development options!

Be well,
The eDGH Team