What does life look like in 2022?

“It’s 2022, and the coronavirus has at long last been defeated. After a miserable year-and-a-half, alternating between lockdowns and new outbreaks, life can finally begin returning to normal,” as David Leonhardt writes in The New York Times.

“But it will not be the old normal. It will be a new world, with a reshaped economy, much as war and depression reordered life for previous generations.

“Thousands of stores and companies that were vulnerable before the virus arrived have disappeared. Dozens of colleges are shutting down, in the first wave of closures in the history of American higher education. People have also changed long-held patterns of behavior: Outdoor socializing is in, business trips are out.

“And American politics — while still divided in many of the same ways it was before the virus — has entered a new era.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

3 thoughts on “What does life look like in 2022?”

  1. Interesting article! Thanks Jeff. A Lot of plausible speculation, perhaps a bit optimistic about the fitness of a Biden administration (for which I plan to vote) to lead progressive change, but the times are certainly ripe — maybe over-ripe — for progressive change. There are still so many uncertainties that can confound any speculation: Will a corona vaccine confer long-lasting or only short-lived immunity? Is SARS-CoV-2 just the first of many more novel viruses to come? Will we continue to have the sort of large-scale economic instability that invariably results from high-levels of inequality?

    And just to drill down a bit on higher education and the problem of remote learning, our son-in-law, who’s in charge of implementing remote learning technologies at Northeastern University in Boston, can attest that things don’t look too rosy at ground zero. He sent us this article a day or so ago:

    Colleges Say Hybrid Courses Will Make the Fall a Success. But Will Students Get the Worst of Both Worlds?

  2. Whoops, sorry, I just realized that the Chronicle of Higher Education article I cited above requires a subscription. So, here’s a bit of the beginning of the article, to give you an idea of the problem:

    “John Nolan likes running an active classroom. A lecturer in the college of business at the University of Nevada at Reno, he favors the Socratic method as he walks among his 150 or so business-law students.

    So when the university announced that it will offer courses under a hybrid model known as HyFlex, in which professors teach simultaneously to students in the classroom and others beaming in remotely, Nolan wondered how that could possibly work. If he walks away from the podium, he moves out of sight of the camera. If a student in the back of class asks a question, those tuning in on their laptops might not hear. And how can he foster lively discussions, let alone group work, when half his students are masked, sitting six feet apart because of Covid-19 restrictions, and the others are virtual?

    “HyFlex doesn’t really do anybody any good,” he says. “It’s basically, you take the worst parts of in person and online teaching and mix it together.” Nolan’s skepticism is shared by a growing number of faculty members, as more colleges choose the HyFlex model for the fall. It also reflects a rift between administrators and professors, who are raising alarms over the health risks of teaching in person, and about the logistical, technical, and pedagogical complications of the model itself. Search HyFlex on Facebook and Twitter and you’ll come across comments like this one:

    “Whoever the hell thought of this is a bean counter, not an educator, and an idiot.” But as colleges scramble to figure out how to re-open campuses, it’s easy to see why HyFlex holds appeal. It offers something to everyone: Students who can’t come to campus can still receive “live” teaching. Those who want a residential experience canhave one. And classes are able to hew to social-distancing guidelines by following schedules in which on-campus students divide and rotate between in-person or online attendance.”

  3. Sac State began experimenting with hybrid classes about 15 years ago. Their version was prerecorded podcasts (and later video) followed by in person lab sessions. The Communication Studies Department implemented it with some general education classes like public speaking, of all things, and later expanded the course offerings to most of the general education classes they offered. The lectures were on line and the labs were for speech giving and testing. Some students liked it because it allowed them to time shift the lectures, but most did not as the lectures were boring and canned with no student interaction and, typically, no one would show up for speech days except those giving speeches. The lab sessions were mostly assigned to part time lecturers who were, in essence, demoted from normal classroom instructors to speech graders and had no say in the content or how it was delivered…ie. not happy campers as they had to deal with student complaints about curriculum over which they had no control.

    Yuba College was a pioneer in this arena and has been doing online classes for decades along the same lines as outlined above..optional in-person or on line live video with phone call-in capability. Again mixed results with a lot of drops from the on-line students. It seems that a certain type of person does well with the on-line option and others need the in-person face to face situation in order to succeed.

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