Using IT in university teaching

Digital teaching and research tools have changed university work immensely. For example E-mails, databanks, Google Scholar and newer things such as tweets and Facebook and WhatsApp have increased or may increase the potential for sharing information in unprecedented ways.

But what makes a university? University as an institution has been here before us and it will be here after us. In my view university is not just knowledge but also the community: people and context. In Finland the university community is in a way quite close; for example teachers are often quite accessible and help can be asked. Still we need to encourage face-to-face communication, debate and own effort to explore the unknown.

Antti R.