This seventh "Teach" newsletter opens with new information about the digital tools available for your distance learning. It is followed by two interviews: one with Jean-Daniel Tissot, Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, and the second with Marc de Perrot, Secretary General of the University of Lausanne. It ends with a new column, "Life goes on", which in this issue take a poetic approach with a haiku competition.
Digital tools available for your distance learning
A questionnaire to get feedback on your distance learning, COURSERA and available ZOOM video tutorials. Read the article.
Confinement as seen by the Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM)
Dear Professor, dear Dean, how are you?
Jean-Daniel Tissot : It is a period of war that is getting longer, while waiting for a vaccine to be developed or for this virus to disappear altogether, like its predecessors SARS and MERS. For me, Carl von Clausewitz is not far away, neither is Tzu Sun… We are in a war of WE against WE. The « I » is disappearing. It is strange to wonder how you are, but oh how salutary: for a long time we have been lost between the verb to be and the verb to have. What matters to me is to use today the verb to act: action with responsibility in the service of solidarity. But to be frank: I am preoccupied, busy, tired, but alive. Then the ME fades into the WE. This is my reality. Read the interview.
« We have to deal with the uncertainty »
Marc de Perrot, Secretary General, is leading the project dedicated to institutional continuity within the « Coronacell », the unit created by the Rectorate to coordinate the management of the epidemic and anticipate a September academic re-start marked by strong uncertainties. Read the interview.
Life goes on
Twitter haiku contest: to your keyboards!
As part of the Printemps de la poésie, the annual "twaïkus" contest has begun. This year, the competition also opens to tanka, another traditional Japanese poetic form. According to director Antonio Rodriguez, "at a time when sad news is pouring in like a long list of numbers, dates or facts, this competition is an opportunity to stop poetically at a detail, to look around you in a different way, to share the magnitude of a little-perceived experience and to make it resonate with an essential touch". Creations are to be tweeted until April 30, 2020 at 20:20 with the compulsory hashtag #twaiku/twanka. They will be retweeted through the official contest account. Rewards are at stake!
In this period of confinement, the Printemps de la poésie has also been extended until July 4th. On the festival's Facebook page, a poem resonating with the quarantine is published every Tuesday and Friday.