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Our central unit for teaching support now in place

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Digital tools and teaching are the focus of a new unit aimed at coordinating and developing assistance, support and training for learning environments – digital as well as campus-based. The unit is a permanent continuation of the project Teaching and Learning online. The unit’s director is Bo-Anders Jönsson.

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Today’s students have good digital skills and expect a seamless education, in which the physical classroom and the digital learning environment work together. Increased expectations around lifelong learning also demand advanced digital skills from teaching staff at Lund University. The new unit is to be a responsive, agile and knowledgeable organisation that understands how education is delivered and what challenges exist. The unit’s mission is to deliver cohesive support for the use of digital tools in teaching.

“We need to provide our teaching staff with more accessible and flexible professional development, assistance and support in how to think creatively and use digital tools in their teaching, regardless of whether it takes place on campus or remotely, online. It is important that we make our learning environments attractive to students and that we end up with a more digital campus,” says Bo-Anders Jönsson.

The Unit for Educational Services works on the instructions of the Education Board and will cooperate with the educational development divisions within the University.

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Bo-Anders Jönsson, is the unit’s director

“In my many years at Lund University, I have seen projects run more or less single-handedly by dedicated faculty members and there has not been any systematic work to secure continued development and quality – nor has there been sufficient support for teaching staff who want to get started. I hope and trust that this unit will continue to build bridges as begun by the project Teaching and Learning online. Perhaps it will function as a hub, connecting faculties, the established units and the Education Board, for development of teaching and learning in higher education that is fit for purpose, and the use of digital tools in teaching,” says Bo-Anders Jönsson.

Bo-Anders Jönsson, former pro vice-chancellor, is the director of the unit which operates immediately under the University director and is regarded as equivalent to a division. In addition to the director, the unit comprises two coordinators, a system administrator, student teaching assistants, a communications officer and coordinator from each faculty.

“I can imagine seeing Lund University leading the way, continuing to provide education of the highest quality, and this unit playing a big role in future professional development and career paths relating to teaching and learning in higher education,” says Bo-Anders Jönsson.

For more information and contact details, visit education.lu.se