George Mason University
Social Distancing is a new concept for most of us but one that has dramatically changed our lives since the COVID-19 outbreak. It has brought us inside our homes and kept us from physical contact or closeness with others. It has also resulted in unexpected innovation. For instance, a man in Rome created and wore a large disc attached to suspenders. His tongue-in-cheek invention, quickly labeled the “Coronavirus Doughnut” on Twitter, drew a lot of attention for its effectiveness at maintaining the recommended distance from others.
Jered Borup is an Associate Professor in the Division of Learning Technologies at George Mason University. Prior to Mason, he earned his PhD at Brigham Young University in Instructional Psychology and Technology. He has taught online and blended courses since 2008 and his research focuses on online and blended student support systems. He has published seven peer-reviewed journal articles (four award-winning) and two book chapters on the use of asynchronous video communication. Additional information on his research and teaching can be found on his website: https://sites.google.com/site/jeredborup/