This article incorporates a case-study approach that examines how faculty and students in a first-year honors seminar at Norwich University navigated the disruption of the COVID-19 crisis. It delineates the revision of an undergraduate research project in partnership with the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. The authors describe steps professors and students took to ensure successful collaboration and completion of this project, including assignment modifications, the development of a collaborative virtual learning process, assessment of project management, and tools and research strategies employed. Student reflections and pedagogical measures support the challenges and solutions outlined. The article concludes with recommended course design measures to ensure consistent learning outcomes that support positive and productive research and teaching experiences amid programmatic disruption. 


Amy Woodbury Tease 

Amy Woodbury Tease  is an Associate Professor of English and  Chair of the Department of Global Humanities at Norwich University. She teaches courses on modernism, contemporary British fiction, world literature and film. Amy's current research explores the relationship between art, politics, and the rise of surveillance societies in the postwar period. She has also published articles on undergraduate research and teaching and learning science. Amy earned a B.A. in English from Boston College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Tufts University.

Travis Morris

Travis Morris is an Associate Professor and Director of the Peace and War Center and the Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Norwich University. His research focuses on propaganda analysis, violent extremism, information warfare, and counterterrorism. Travis is the author of Dark Ideas: How Violent Jihadi and Neo-Nazi Ideologues Have Shaped Modern Terrorism. He earned a PhD. from the University of Nebraska, where he was a Presidential Fellow.  He has conducted field studies on peace and conflict in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Central Asia.

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No. 4 Experiential Learning Amid Disruption: Norwich University’s Honors Program and the International Spy Museum Project