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In Germany, University Profs Line Up Against Online Teaching

In an open letter, more than 2,000 academics made the case recently for bringing students back into real, brick-and-mortar lecture halls.

At the Martin Luther University Halle/Wittenberg, Dr. Jüerg Schilling gives an online video lecture on experimental physics.
At the Martin Luther University Halle/Wittenberg, Dr. Jüerg Schilling gives an online video lecture on experimental physics.
Antonia Thiele

BERLIN — This past March, German universities were forced, from one day to the next, to move all their teaching online. Before the pandemic, many institutions were organized around face-to-face teaching, and virtual learning was the exception rather than the rule.

The switch wasn't something the universities sought out, in other words. It was the result of unexpected circumstances. And yet, online teaching has worked surprisingly well, challenging the widely held view that these institutions aren't suited to functioning in a virtual environment.

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