Door Rick Vermunt (UB) op 16 June 2022
The library supports education and research, but the library also gives lectures and workshops, which in itself are forms of education, though not always part of learning line or curriculum. The following phrase "But in fact it made teaching more accessible for some students. Students with disabilities or chronic illness actually had more opportunities to participate in classes remotely" is entirely true. And that is why the paradigm 'VU is a campus university' does not hold (in fact VU is not since students and staff do not live on campus premises) One of VU's spearheads is that it strives to be inclusive. Well, that implies inclusive to everybody. Also those that - for any reason - cannot physically attend classes and such. There is merit to online education. Not only for what I mentioned above. In the 1st lock down I soon noticed a couple of things: 1. Zoom enables me to address students in lectures and workshops by name. Since my education events are a single event , there is no way I know them. This makes it, oddly, more intimate and creates a safer environment. 2. It easier to activate my message simply by letting students do excercises (i.e. information skills) . Hands on always leads to better understanding. On line saves the trouble of having to book a computer room. 3. Easier to keep my distance to students and still be friendly. Personally I feel uneasy having to look over the shoulder of a participant what's on their screen and have to invade their personal space. (think of #metoo) > screen share solves that (in zoom and teams) The challenge for the future is to combine the benifits of on line education with face to face.

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