3 quick questions

These days, we mainly meet online, and only occasionally at the department, maintaining an adequate social distance. Here are three quick questions I put to some of the members of staff:

Daniel Löwenborg, lecturer, researcher:

What's the best thing about online teaching?

The best thing about teaching online is the added flexibility. It is also a certain challenge, since I teach GIS and the work with computer software is practical, which always mean that we encounter technical problems. Since the students work from home on their own computers, I think they become more self- sufficient in solvng problems on their own, before asking for help. When they do need help, I still think it works well with zoom, since I can help them via remote control.

What's the worst thing about online teaching?

The worst is that it becomes impersonal when you only see each other online, which is sad; you don't get to know the students as well. The course group sessions will be even worse, it will be up to the students to create good conditions for efficient cooperation. There are tools for this, but it is never the same as when you sit and work together. 

What do you do to alleviate moments of boredom when working from home?

It's cosy to work from my armchair at home, but I often sneak down to the university anyway, and shut myself in my office to work from there - I really need the two screens that I have in the office.


Camilla Bergström, Course administrator:

What's the best thing about working online only?

I am not interrupted in the same way (if I work from home). Even in normal times I work online, since all study administrative systems are net-based. The fact that  work from home is really appreciated by my cats!

What's the worst thing about working online only?

The lack of company IRL. I enjoyed zooming the first week; after this I realised how much more I enjoy meeting people for real. When working from home like I do now owing to Covid-19,  I am on my own. Ergonomically, it's not a complete sucess since I work from my kitchen table. I have to keep the circulation going in my shoulders and back of the neck.

What do you do to alleviate moments of boredom when working from home?

I talk on the phone, I do a few laps in the kitchen, draw/write a bit to change my posture. I cuddle with the cats, perhaps take a walk outside to listen to the birds. We also have regular zoom-fikas in the morning or afternoon, which I really enjoy.


Dominic Ingemark, Lecturer

What's the best thing about online teaching?

Pre-recorded lectures give you a greater amount of flexibililty. You can add extra material to them.

What's the worst thing about online teaching?

That you in a sense lose contact with some of the students, they can "disappear" in Cyber space.

What do you do to alleviate moments of boredom when working from home?

I go down to the ocean and watch the waves...

Anneli Ekblom, Lecturer, Reader

What's the best thing about online teaching?

Sometimes I actually think you get closer to the students, at least when teaching a smaller group, and you so to speak go round the table and let everyone have their say. I think the steaching situation becomes more interactive. The traditional teacher-student role is less emphasized and this creates more space for active students. There is also a certain charm in that everyone participates from their homes. I

What's the worst thing about online teaching?

I have noticed that more energy is demanded to keep a conversation going when you teach online. Particularly when you don't see the students (i.e. when they don't show their pictures). You sort of need a nod now and then to keep going.

What do you do to alleviate moments of boredom when working from home?

I go out in the sun and listen to the birds :-)