The suggestion online learning means lower quality teaching from lecturers like me just isn’t true

Coronavirus has gone to university. Like thousands of undergraduates, it has moved into the halls of residence and is now hanging around lecture theatres and uni bars, worrying parents.

This was inevitable but it was not unavoidable. I have been a university lecturer for over 10 years and the one constant in all that time has been the dreaded ‘Freshers’ Flu’ that is unleashed every September when students from all over the country are thrown together and encouraged to enjoy themselves.

By October, students and staff are dropping like flies as every strain of the sniffles swirls about campus in a bacterial ballet of infection. Throw Covid-19 into the mix and you don’t need to have a degree in virology to see the risks involved. But the Government said “Press on.” “It’ll be fine.” “Over the top, lads!” “Don’t forget your masks.”


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Increased Use Of Tech In Higher Education During Covid-19 Exemplifies True Grit

The business world teems with buzzwords. Buzzwords reach epic heights, then tragically die after rampant overuse. Grit is one word that ebbs and flows in popularity, but, by all appearances, has yet to be marked with the scarlet b and remains a respected word that signifies a propensity for success.

American psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth took the term grit to new heights in her 2013 TED Talk titled Grit: The power of passion and perseverance where she shared her five characteristics of grit.

At a time where opinions on today’s hybrid learning delivery methods are nothing short of loudly divided, beyond the hysteria our fall 2020 higher education experience exudes true grit of those on the education delivery front lines.

It is easy to show how Duckworth’s 5

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