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Between screen and lecture hall: what's next for teaching?

In the last two years, teaching in universities has well and truly been turned on its head: looking at a screen for long periods instead of learning together in the lecture theatre; students who are just starting out and only know each other as names from a Zoom meeting; and teaching staff who would rather be looking at interested faces than blank fields of view when cameras are switched off. It wasn't all good, but it certainly wasn't all bad either, not by a long way. How can we apply our recent experiences to the future?

[Translate to English:] Lerngruppe TU Wien Studium

Teaching was and is the cornerstone that is key to the purpose of a university. It's not just teaching methods that change over time, it's also the possibilities of technology. The last two years, when teaching was forced to undergo a massive and rapid transition to virtual and digital alternatives, have had an enormous impact on changes in this area. Not everything that was tried worked well. Not every tool is future-proof. And even more important than that: not every method and not every tool works equally well for every course and every group size. This applies especially to TU Wien, where research-driven teaching is key, and the requirements for technical solutions are demanding and differ greatly according to the specialism. Not to mention the issues with digital examination formats.

We turned our camera on Dr Andreas Körner, an experienced teacher, .dcall project manager and head of the teaching focus group, to ask him how he envisaged teaching would develop at TU Wien in future. If you are as excited as we are to hear his response, then don't miss the next video in our .digital news bits series, opens an external URL in a new window.