Quarantine is a strong challenge, that students and lecturers of the DHBW Mosbach have accepted willingly. Since 16 March there have been no classroom sessions at the university and students have to teach themselves in all subjects to prepare for the exams coming in May. Our lecturers are available to answer any questions and hold some lectures online. In my course such lectures were organized in rhetoric and Java.
Rhetoric with Sascha Klein, the business coach from Berlin, was not passive listening, but an interactive work, in which I participated with great enthusiasm. It shows that group work and presentations can also be successful when the participants are not sitting in the same room. Our lecturer gave us various tasks to improve our rhetorical skills. One of them was video presentation. It felt like actually giving a speech in front of an audience.
Java lectures via Discord remind me of Java tutorials, that students often use as additional practice material. But I have to admit, it works much better with the lecturer. I don’t need to search for explanations on the internet, if I don’t understand something in the code. All small things are discussed together and possible cases are tried out.
In my opinion, online lectures are a good and, fortunately, feasible way out of the current situation. But I don’t consider them to be possible in the long run, they cannot replace the attendance lectures at the DHBW completely. Not all lecturers are willing to teach their subjects in this way. Most of the learning material (e.g. mathematics, cost and performance accounting, …) remains for self-study. Although the learning process at home is more relaxed, I would rather go to the DHBW. It is much more convenient to talk directly to the lecturer and my fellow students, if something is unclear to me, than to read through a chapter in the script and then to have more questions. I am also convinced that face-to-face communication increases work productivity.
I hope that the accustomed daily routine will soon be back and I am looking forward to the lectures at the DHBW!