COVID-19 forced remote teaching and university education after it

The COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 disrupted students' and teachers' learning and teaching activities worldwide as it led to a quick transition from education, including face-to-face interaction to emergency remote teaching (ERT). During this ERT period monitoring research on the experiences and innovation needs was done at Wageningen University & Research. This was supplemented with teacher and student group consultations. The results show that a focus on student well-being is needed in the years ahead. The ERT was appreciated as it kept education going on. Still, students indicated lack of sense of connectedness and a strong desire to have face-to-face education as part of the Teaching and Learning Activities (TLA). For the following years, online versions of most courses should be available to stay prepared for online education when needed. That includes online alternatives for vulnerable TLA's like labs and excursions. The ERT courses hastily developed in 2020 can be redesigned in combination with a blended learning curriculum for less restricted times. This requires a well-designed mix of TLA's to activate students, rather than simply flipping one kind of TLA for another. In combination with the (re)design of courses geared to sense of connectedness, this might add up to the resilient curricula we need for the following years.

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Part of the project: Education design for new educational challenges of universities. 


Emiel van Puffelen is the leader of the 4TU.Centre for Engineering…


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