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The picture of the University of Sydney shows the reality of the university in 2022

University professors are hosting lectures in empty classrooms while thousands of students across Australia participate remotely after the pandemic made hybrid learning commonplace.

Jan Slapeta, a professor of veterinary medicine and molecular parasitology at the University of Sydney, posted a picture of his empty classroom on Monday, with students opting to participate remotely instead.

He said it represented a bigger problem that had arisen as a result of Covid, with people missing out on the social element of higher education.

“Should I be shocked again? 1 p.m. lecture – nobody! I taught empty chairs,” he posted on social media.

Professor Jan Slapeta posted a picture of his empty classroom on Monday, with students opting to participate remotely instead - exposing the sad reality of hybrid learning

Professor Jan Slapeta posted a picture of his empty classroom on Monday, with students opting to participate remotely instead – exposing the sad reality of hybrid learning

The image showed an empty auditorium with dozens of empty seats – with the teacher forced to speak into a digital classroom of faceless students.

Professor Slapeta tagged Sydney University in the post asking for answers after the lone person who showed up early for the next class.

’10 min with a student who showed up early for the 2 p.m. lecture (completely different course). We had a great discussion and I had an eager student studying,” he wrote, before asking the uni, “Where from now? Help @Sydney Uni’

The veterinary professor told Daily Mail Australia it was a topic that “required deep thought”, while the University of Sydney admitted that lecture attendance had been “declining for several years” – even before the pandemic.

Peter Black, a senior law lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, revealed that he often gives digital lectures to students with cameras off.

“It was almost as depressing, teaching on unresponsive blank screens on Zoom,” he replied to Professor Slapeta’s post.

Reaction to the picture was mixed, with some suggesting universities need to adapt to modern requirements while others lamented the changing practices.

“As someone who has taught for over 25 years (high school and undergraduate), I can honestly say I find this really annoying. Teaching is social and there is nothing like building knowledge together with students in a room,” replied another professor at QUT.

“We are in a global pandemic. Why is it surprising to anyone that people don’t want to risk serious illness to do something that can be done remotely? said astrophysicist Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith.

Peter Black, a senior law lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, revealed that he often gives digital lectures to students with cameras off

Peter Black, a senior law lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, revealed that he often gives digital lectures to students with cameras off

dr Sophie Loy-Wilson, Lecturer in Australian History at the University of Sydney, thought the picture showed the problems of modern learning.

“This shows that the current approach to hybrid teaching is not working. We have to rethink,” she said.

“Lectures are an integral part of university life and can provide transformative moments in student education. We must value them. The current model does not.”

A graduate student claimed the classroom structure was wrong and was meant to encourage more discussion, which could lead to a lack of attendance.

“Lecture hall design is outdated! Look how the room is arranged. It implies that only you have something of value to say.

“In my opinion, the design of learning spaces influences how we see them. The students will show up not to talk to them, but to talk to them,” she replied.

Sydney University said lecture attendance has been “declining for several years”, even before the pandemic, as students prefer to watch classes digitally

Sydney University said lecture attendance has been “declining for several years”, even before the pandemic, as students prefer to watch classes digitally

dr Sophie Loy-Wilson, Lecturer in Australian History at the University of Sydney, thought the image showed the problems of modern learning.

“This shows that the current approach to hybrid teaching is not working. We have to rethink,” she said.

“Lectures are an integral part of university life and can provide transformative moments in student education. We must value them. The current model does not.”

A graduate student claimed the classroom structure was wrong and was meant to encourage more discussion, which could lead to a lack of attendance.

“Lecture hall design is outdated! Look how the room is arranged. It implies that only you have something of value to say. In my opinion, the design of learning spaces influences how we see them. The students will show up not to talk to them, but to talk to them,” she replied.

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Emma Colton

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