• Digital teaching: Opportunity or challen

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    Digital teaching: Opportunity or challenge?

    November 22, 2021
    Technische Universita"t Dresden
    Researchers explain why digital teaching cannot replace face-to-face
    teaching in university education, but can certainly be seen as a
    complementary tool. The future of teaching and learning may lie
    in so- called blended learning, a mix of face-to-face and online

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    In the past two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdowns, not only the importance of interpersonal contact but also the indispensability of face-to-face teaching has been repeatedly addressed
    and discussed. Never before have lecturers had to change and redesign
    their teaching methods in such a short period of time. Poor Internet connections, difficulties in the technical implementation and the lack
    of personal exchange made the transfer of knowledge and teaching content
    more difficult.

    For a high-quality university education, face-to-face teaching is
    considered an extremely important core component. However, digital
    teaching also brings unexpected advantages and opportunities,
    demonstrates the Study and Teaching Commission of the Deutsche
    Gesellschaft fu"r Psychologie (German Psychological Society (DGPs))
    in a report for Psychologische Rundschau. Therein, Dr. Anne Ga"rtner
    from Technische Universita"t Dresden explains that digital teaching
    offers students as well as lecturers new, unprecedented opportunities
    and brings a completely renewed form of teaching and learning to life:
    "On the one hand, the flexibility in terms of time and space in work organization is one of the greatest advantages of digital teaching, as
    not only time but also costs can be saved, for example, by eliminating
    travel. Lecturers have greater autonomy and can decide for themselves
    how to manage their time and organize their seminars and lectures. In
    addition, recorded teaching material can be reused." Students feel
    similarly: digital teaching allows them to learn at their own personal
    pace and repeat recorded lectures as often as necessary. Nevertheless, "face-to-face teaching and digital formats should not be played off
    against each other," says Dr. Ga"rtner. "Digital teaching should be seen
    as a complementary means to further improve the quality of teaching, and
    the importance of face-to-face teaching should not be forgotten." Because
    even if online learning brings more advantages than initially expected,
    the lack of contact between lecturers and students leaves many gaps that
    cannot be "filled" online. One obvious disadvantage, for example, is the requirement of a stable Internet connection and the necessary technical equipment. Since digital teaching and its technical implementation was
    still uncharted territory for many, there was accordingly an increased workload, especially in the early days. In addition, one of the main disadvantages is undoubtedly the difficulty of remaining disciplined,
    focused and motivated in front of one's computer all by oneself over
    a long period. For students in particular, this requires significantly
    more self-discipline and organization than in face-to-face courses.

    For Dr. Ga"rtner personally, the biggest disadvantage was not knowing
    whether she could actually reach her students in her online courses:
    "However, it turned out that my online seminars and lectures have
    been very well attended so far, and interaction and exchange have been possible, albeit in a somewhat different form. As well as that has worked
    out -- my digital seminar was even awarded a teaching prize, which I
    was particularly pleased about -- I still hope that I will soon be able
    to discuss things with students together again in the seminar room and
    conduct exciting experiments in the lab," explains the psychologist.

    Dr. Ga"rtner is also convinced that blended learning (combining classroom
    and digital teaching) could be a promising method for teaching and
    learning in the future. In face-to-face teaching, for example, the focus
    could be placed more on interaction and exchange, while in digital forms
    of teaching and learning, the material can be worked on individually. In
    the future, more and more people will want to learn and teach online,
    since everyone now has the opportunity to continue their education
    anytime and anywhere -- whether on the road, in the waiting room, on
    the train or at home.

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    ========================================================================== Journal Reference:
    1. Anne Ga"rtner, Mario Gollwitzer, Laura M. Ko"nig, Ana
    N. Tibubos. Chancen
    und Herausforderungen digitaler Lehre. Psychologische Rundschau,
    2021; 72 (4): 273 DOI: 10.1026/0033-3042/a000555 ==========================================================================

    Link to news story: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211122135438.htm

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