DrUniversity teaching has had the same problem for decades: there are too few lecturers for too many students. The flaw is due to the political desire to smuggle as many students as possible through universities without proportionately increasing the number of lecturers. This is compensated by the daily renewal of teaching in a myriad of projects, which often produce the same innovative idea that is soon no longer unheard of in everyday teaching, without knowing it.
The Science Council’s new recommendation paper on Studies and Teaching calls, rightly, for a leap in quality. The big question is how to succeed. In times of tight budgeting, the required actions lead to a significant additional financial burden. This applies, for example, to the demand for academic advising: according to the authors, teaching should be in smaller groups, and the long-term goal is individual support for students, which can safely be described as wishful thinking. In order to get a little closer to it, one would have to change the central parameters such as the Ability Law. The paper sends a clear signal of reform to the federal and state governments, which, see the article at right, are putting very little effort on this point.
More leeway in teaching design
Other recommendations attempt to restore the consequences of the bureaucracy and the economic image of man in the Bologna Reform. The goal is to reduce the number of tests and events. Administrations are required to cancel useless reporting obligations. Lecturers should have more space in designing their teaching method. These are all reasonable suggestions that have the advantage of not costing anything. It is based on the image of the responsible and reflective student who sees his studies not as a transition to working life, but as a process of personal maturity, who, like his lecturer, must be given time and freedom to do so. The demand to reduce competitive pressure and fund teaching more with basic equipment is aimed in the same direction.
Of course, the idea of a one-to-one trust relationship between students and lecturers remains ideal as long as politics adheres to public thinking. For now, only a reduction in bureaucracy is realistic. The Science Council plans to submit a separate publication on digital teaching in July. Experiences from the Corona period are already reflected in the current paper. In particular, it consists in viewing the course as a social event. And so the epidemic began a human transformation that still lacks foundation.