Purpose of the Forum
By Richard Watson

We have created an AIS forum for issues related to Covid-19 that members think are worthy of discussion and incidents or activities relevant to our research and teaching, and anything else appropriate. We ask that politically contentious comments not directly related to the members concerns are kept to a minimum as these could soon overwhelm the discussion. There are many other forums for such matters. 

Alan Dennis, as AIS President will post the first commentary and we have some other folks willing to get the discussion rolling. 

Dennis Galletta, Blake Ives, John Mooney, Munir Mandviwalla, Rick Watson
A New Era
By Alan Dennis

We are at the dawn of a new era. Fifty years from now, when historians look back at 2020 they will conclude it was the end of one era and the beginning of another.

Like 1993, which was the demarcation between the pre-Web era and the information-everywhere era we know today, 2020 will be seen as the year in which we discovered we can work together while being apart. Never before in human history have so many people around the globe worked together on shared endeavors without being in the same place at the same time.

Virtual work has existed for decades, but has often been seen as a poor substitute for face-to-face work.  Continue Reading

COVID-19 and Higher Education: How Can We Help?
By Blake Ives

Perhaps like many of you, I am entering month two of captivity. Weekly, with masked face and gloved hands, I venture from my golden cage to face the perils of grocery shopping. Much of the rest of the time, I stare into my computer screen or out the window.

It's not a bad prison, certainly not compared to real prisoners in too close contact in unhealthy lockups, or the homeless who have no place to hide, or even the lawn care workers who, from my window, I still see tending my yard. 
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