The COVID-19 pandemic has had a deep impact on all sectors of social and professional life – including the practice of university teaching. Virtually overnight, lecturers were forced to abandon in-person teaching and transfer their courses to the digital domain. – And while universities and their students are generally better equipped with digital devices and digital infrastructure than most schools, their teaching methods had for the most part remained anchored in the analog domain.
Professor Frenzel’s lecture considers the impact of the involuntary switch from the familiar teaching and learning environment to the digital sphere. As well as approaching the topic from an educational and psychological standpoint, she offers a more personal perspective on how the change to digital education affects one’s subjective experience of the process – emphasizing in particular its impact on levels of motivation and emotional engagement on the part of all those involved. She also presents early findings of an ongoing empirical study of these influences, together with results of an evaluation of digital courses. Finally, Frenzel will draw some preliminary conclusions in relation to the question of how university education can have the best of both worlds – digital and analog – in the future.
Professor Dr. Anne Frenzel is the Director of the Master’s Program “Psychology in the Learning Sciences” at LMU. Her research focuses on the role of the emotions – of both students and their teachers – in the learning process.
The event will be held in German.