Do lectures in videoconferencing work? “It’s more exhausting than in a classroom!” ”Replies Jérémy P., professor in three communication schools, specializing in digital marketing. Its classes include on average 15 to 30 students, whose average age varies between 18 and 24 years (the youngest being in BTS and the oldest in master).
Since mid-March, higher education institutions have been asking teachers to ensure a “pedagogical continuity plan”. For the Lyonnais teacher, it comes down mainly to having to juggle between Teams, Google Classroom and Hangouts. He admits that taking distance courses is a very different experience from face-to-face: “I don’t particularly like that, because I really like interacting with my students. From a distance, it’s more complicated ”.
If the course time slots remain the same, the preparation work changes. “We have to review the whole process. I am trying to correct my course method to bring more practice to the students. I offer them more application exercises, ”he explains.
He says he regrets the technical bugs that hinder live interactions. “You have to cover 100% of the sessions, that is, stay whole hours talking, with fewer breaks and less interaction with the students. When five people speak, it cuts, so after that no one dares to speak, ”said the teacher, who asked the connected students to mute their microphones during each session to improve bandwidth.
Between lessons, the teacher encourages his students to use other online communication tools. “I also leave the possibility for students to contact me via e-mail or on networks, if they need it.” I also offer my BTS to exchange via WhatsApp during the exam period, “he said.
Accelerate digital switching
This crisis is also an opportunity to rethink work habits. For Jérémy P., there is no doubt, “there will be more online training in the future”, and also constitute a good experience for young adults. “I find it a good exercise to empower students and prepare them for the professional world, so that they learn to judge priorities for themselves. With young graduates, there is always a moment of latency and adaptation when they arrive in business. Teleworking makes them work a lot on their organization. “
Eric P., specializing in digital strategy issues, normally intervenes as an associate professor at the University of Lyon 2 and occasionally within a private structure. In this second establishment, “we continued the lessons through Microsoft Teams and everything went very well,” he says.
If his pace of work has not been particularly affected by the situation, Eric P. recognizes “being already a follower for more than 20 years of an evolution in the digital world, where you must know how to read and write and not just be a reader and consumer of this new world “.
For him, “the university, especially the public, will have to adapt. It has a considerable job of change. It will be fundamental ”. This entrepreneur, who carries out in parallel an activity in the field of innovative companies, assures that in the public “we are a few hundred kilometers from” user friendly “tools, and it is a kind of environment of an old world in which we are asked to evolve ”. And this, in terms of interfaces, access, tools and connectivity in structures, he specifies.
He believes that these are all solutions and environments that “will have to evolve and pass a course of use. I believe that they must work according to the methods of “design thinking” to perhaps say that the replacement of the blackboard is not the digital blackboard but the exchange of knowledge, the reverse pedagogy and therefore radically change of software. It is enough to see the mutation of the music, or that which the press tries to operate to realize that we change paradigm ”, observes the professional.