Tea Gergedeva

 

Head of the International Office at Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Tea Gergedeva

Should we return to full live courses after the pandemic, continue to offer online-only teaching, or do hybrid teaching?

As much as possible, I would advocate for live courses. University education is not only about aquiring a set amount of written knowledge, but it is also about maturing as a human being with proper intercultural competences and other transversal skills which are easier to aquire during personal interaction rather than via online mode.

Which teaching formats would you like to see online, which ones in personal settings?

High tech based formats should stay online, while those using low tech formats should explore the potential of turning into high tech as much a possible. Those unable to turn into high tech should remain in personal setting.

Your vision: What should the successor model of a traditional lecture look like that integrates research and "doing" (no matter whether in presence or online)?

Most of the traditional lectures might see benefit in turning into problem-based learning mode whereas students get introduced to problems of various complexity that require an interdisciplinary approach. If carefully planned such instruction should lead to a mixture of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be employed in order to arrive at a valid solution to the problem under discussion.

Will lecturers still be needed in 10 years' time or will AI/robots be enough to keep teaching?

I tend to believe that human input in disseminating knowledge will still be very much relevant and required 10 years from now.

A number of demands are coming from industry and society as to what universities should include in their curricula in future. If studies are not to be extended, one must also ask what we will no longer need in the future. Do you have any suggestions?

This very much depends on the actual field of studies – there are some fields where curricula may be directly impacted by what industry expects from the graduates by the time they join the job market. In such cases, direct involvement of industry representatives in curriculum design may be the best solution. While this may cut off some theoretical courses from the university level curriculum, at the same time, this would mean that stronger foundation is laid at the secondary school level.