A new normal beds

in for universities

Students aren’t returning to lectures on campus, enrolments continue to decline, employment in the sector remains precarious and the financials are grim. Just how much trouble are universities in asks Anna Rawhiti-Connell in this excerpt from The Bulletin, The Spinoff’s morning news round-up. To receive The Bulletin in full each weekday, sign up here.

Online lectures the “new normal”

It’s been three years since Covid first arrived in New Zealand and one aspect of life looks like it has changed quite permanently as a “new normal” beds in. As Aucklanders brace themselves for “March madness” on the roads, a phenomenon partially attributed to the return of students to the city’s tertiary education campuses, RNZ’s John Gerritsen reports that students aren’t actually returning to lecture halls on campus. Victoria University of Wellington Students Association president Jessica Ye said universities were misguided if they thought students would flock to lectures just because Covid restrictions had changed. Ye describes traditional lectures as “an incredibly passive learning experience” that’s “almost best served” by watching recorded lectures online.

Link to article: A new normal beds in for universities | The Spinoff


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