Digital Learning after its Black Swan
A Black Swan is an extremely rare event with severe consequences, way beyond what could normally be expected, yet obvious in hindsight. Although the corona virus pandemic itself was not totally unimaginable – many scientists had warned for such a scenario – the way how if affected education took most of us by surprise. For online teaching, this pandemic was truly a Black Swan. It brought online teaching to the foreground, with an emphasis and at a scale that even its most outspoken advocates would never have dared to expect. When this pandemic will be over, education and teaching will not go back to the same state as before. Some newly learned ideas, tools or approaches will remain. What will these be? What should these be? And can we act now to help promoting the most desirable ones to survive?
In an early attempt to make up the balance, scientists (mostly) from the electronic structure theory community with an interest in online learning met in a one-day online event to share experiences and brainstorm about the future. You can watch their contributions in the videos underneath. The pdf files under every video contain contact information of the speaker, a summary written by the participants, and a written version of the questions and answers after every talk. An overview of the main take-away messages as formulated by some participants is here.
Stefaan Cottenier (Ghent University) - Organiser & speaker
Gian-Marco Rignanese (Université catholique de Louvain) - Organiser & speaker
Matthieu Verstraete (University of Liege) - Organiser
Andrea CUCCA (CNRS) - Organiser
Francesco Sottile (Ecole Polytechnique) - Organiser & speaker
Giovanni Pizzi (EPFL) - Organiser & speaker