Talking About... How We Envision the Future Of University Teaching

Part 3: December 10, 2021

 

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The early days of the pandemic showed us: If need be, rapid and radical innovations in teaching are possible. Now, however, we must maintain the momentum and the universities' willingness to change and to develop teaching offers for the near future, i.e., for the time after “emergency education.” It is no longer a new insight that education will have to include hybrid teaching and learning in the next few years. However, there is still no thoroughly tested patent remedy for how we can combine online and face-to-face teaching in a very concrete way for the benefit of our students (and, if necessary, also to open up teaching offerings to new target groups).

“Research is increasingly getting organized in teams and through smart division of labor. What would such a model look like for teaching?” says Professor Andreas Barner, President of Stifteverband, in an interview with RWTH. “Our societal challenges and transformation processes do not follow a disciplinary logic,” Barner continues, providing further food for thought. Read the complete interview with Professor Andreas Barner here and find numerous other experts' opinions on the future of university teaching here.

Besides teaching formats, teaching content also needs to be rethought: Which new focus areas need to be integrated more strongly than before (programming, data literacy, entrepreneurship)? But since we want to keep our courses of study the same length, what should a given degree program no longer include in the future?
The basic idea behind all efforts to change higher education must always be the question: How can universities create the best possible benefit for society, and how must teaching and learning change to achieve this? With this principle in mind, in the third part of the “Talking about...” series, we want to question teaching formats and content, but we also want to look at strategic issues (for example, collaboration opportunities with business) and the traditional organizational structure of teaching.

We are delighted to host this discussion as part of the third event in our discussion series, “The New Fiction of Good Science - Talking about... How We Envision The Future Of University Teaching.” The following discussants will join us, among others:

 

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