“Due to the pandemic, planning teaching activities remains a complex issue. To give teachers and students the opportunity to plan for the autumn semester, we have now decided to focus on campus teaching from the start of the semester,” says Gustav Amberg, vice-chancellor.
It is reasonable to assume that the majority of the population will be vaccinated by the end of the summer, although there are indications that physical distancing may remain necessary in the autumn of 2021. However, we believe is that it is simpler to move from on-campus teaching to remote learning than vice-versa. Södertörn University will therefore plan for on-campus teaching, but also retain online elements where these are desirable and work well educationally. However, we must be prepared to rapidly return to remote learning if the authorities require this.
If the Swedish Government or expert agencies change their recommendations, we will need to make new decisions.
“We are all keeping our fingers crossed that we can be on campus this autumn,” Gustav says. “The corridors and rooms have been still and quiet for a year, and many of us are longing for the campus and our premises to once again be full of students.
It has been almost exactly twelve months since the Swedish Government said that higher education in Sweden should move to distance learning, and since then in principle all teaching has been moved from lecture rooms to digital rooms. This transition entailed a great deal of work and effort for many people.
“I have said it many times, but I’m going to keep on saying it – I am so impressed and grateful for all the work that has been put in and the patience shown by staff and students over the past year. We will keep on keeping on through the spring, and I hope and believe that we will meet for real at the university this autumn!” concludes Gustav Amberg.