Call for Presentations: Teaching Public Policy and Public Administration in Times of COVID-19

Special E-Workshop on On-Line June 2nd, 2020

In Why Nations Fail, Acemoglu and Robinson (2012) explain that the black plague represented both a calamity of humanity and an opportunity to reinvent itself. Without the black plague, they maintain, the renaissance might have taken several centuries more before seeing the light of day. In March, universities in Canada and in Europe faced an unexpected turmoil, having to transpose, all of a sudden, their teaching from the classroom to the virtual world. We thought at first that this would only be temporary and would end with the spring semester. Now we all extended online teaching to the spring semester and rumour has it that it might extend to the fall. So, this raises the following question: what if COVID-19 is university teaching black plague?

The purpose of this e-workshop is to offer an opportunity to public policy and public administration professors to discuss what teaching online really means. We are currently looking
for presentations tackling various aspects of teaching public policy and public administration online: experiences, techniques, technologies, challenges, solutions, etc. We are not looking for papers, but only for presentations (PowerPoint, Keynotes, Prezi, etc.) to encourage lively discussions around different subjects and concerns.

Those interested in presenting are strongly invited to submit a short 150 words abstract to Jean-François Savard ( before April 30th, 2020. Decisions will be announced the following week. Those who are interested in participating in the conversation and the E-Workshop please stay tuned for upcoming information. Please note that the E-Workshop will be a BYOCB and BYOL event (Bring Your Own Coffee Break and Bring Your Own Lunch).

Hoping to see you all,

Jean-François Savard, Ph.D. Associate Professor, ENAP

Isabelle Caron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University

Full information available on PDF here.