The Stifterverband regularly surveys university administrations in Germany about their assessment of the general climate in their institutions. The publication a few days ago, which refers to the year 2021, shows an overall positive picture but also a clear kink in the assessment of one’s own teaching. The authors of the report suspect that it could be due to the switch to online teaching, but this does not seem very plausible in the overall picture.
Universities and colleges are looking to conserve energy to cushion increased costs. Online teaching is once again coming into focus as a crisis management teaching format. In Rhineland-Palatinate, this has already become a problem. The discussion shows how persistent the narrative of “sickening online teaching” is.