The COVID-19 pandemic has upended almost every facet of education all around the world. It has not just caused a move from classrooms to virtual environments, but it has brought along challenges in instruction, delivery and assessment methods, attendance and most importantly, human interactions. After more than a year of campus closing, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences reverted to its Hybrid-teaching two weeks ago, permitting students to attend classes physically. However, unlike last year, where physical attendance was thin, lecturers have noticed a spike in the number of in-class attendance and participation.
Hybrid learning – a mix of online and classroom sessions – will become the new norm in the coming academic year and Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences plans to excel in it. This was the message from Wittenborg President Peter Birdsall to staff as they prepare to continue delivering quality education to new and current students despite the looming presence of COVID-19 around the world.
Curious about how classrooms at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will actually look once the new academic year starts in September? Students and prospective students got a virtual behind-the-scenes tour with Wittenborg President Peter Birdsall, who showed off the safety precautions installed in classrooms and other facilities at the campuses in Apeldoorn and Amsterdam now that the Dutch government has given the go-ahead for institutions of higher education to start in-person classes again.