Virtual Faculty

Few months ago the COVID-19 have plunged our Faculty into an unprecedented situation. Our campus was empty and our classrooms went silent. 

Yesterday in remote, today in hybrid mode, our Faculty stays active and maintain teaching and research. Social distancing forced us to change our habits and challenged our creativity but brought our community closer.

We first launched the virtual Faculty to share our initiatives and feelings in time of covid-19. Months later,  the pandemic is still part of daily life and we learn to keep business as unusual. Through this section, we hope to share with you this new reality which we all have to face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest projects

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How confinement measures and their communication impact elders
Since the start of the health crisis, people over the age of 60 have been omnipresent in the media, portrayed as a "risk group". Even though older people might have a higher risk when affected by Covid-19, considering them as one homogeneous group would be a mistake. The CRISIS research project, supported by the FNR (Luxembourg National Research Fund) and carried out in collaboration with RBS-Center fir Altersfroen, looks at the impact of aging stereotypes on psychological well-being and health-related outcomes in older Luxembourgers.
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Preparing for the post-pandemic challenges
From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the humanities and social sciences took a strong interest in this health crisis. While a lot of projects are examining the management and impact of the pandemic on our current lives, one of them wishes to look further. "Young People and COVID-19 - Social, Economic, and Health Consequences of Infection Prevention and Control Measures for Young People in Luxembourg", aims to monitor the short-term and long-term impact of the crisis on the 16-29 years old in Luxembourg.
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COVID-KIDS : how the pandemic affects children and adolescents?
Schools in Luxembourg are soon to reopen; some students have already been back now. Yet many questions remain. A central argument for reopening schools is that home schooling may increase educational inequalities and that children and teens can no longer cope with social isolation. These issues are now being explored in a study launched by researchers at the University of Luxembourg.
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Investigating student’s learning satisfaction and well-being in the context of imposed remote teaching during the COVID-19 crisis
The department of Education and Social work launches a survey to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on student’s learning ability. This survey will be disseminated to all the students of the University of Luxembourg. The findings will help researchers to gain useful insights into weaknesses and strengths of imposed remote teaching.
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How do different confinement measures affect people across Europe?
Some of the first hardest-hit countries in Europe start planning to relax COVID-19 related restrictions. But how have those restrictions affected the populations? The University of Luxembourg launches a survey to compare the psychological effects of social distancing measures across Europe.
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MaGrid Explore, a free application to help with mathematics at home
On the kitchen corner, on the dining room table, on half the parents' desk, school invested our homes. For children, as well as for parents, the transition is not without difficulties. To support families and pre-school teachers, The Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET) launches MaGrid Explore, a free of charge mobile application to help with learning mathematics.
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Discovering science phenomena at home through fun activities
With schools in Luxembourg currently closed, parents have to immerse themselves in their little one’s schoolwork. Multiplication tables, grammar, spelling, all this may not always bring back pleasant memories to parents and caregivers. Fortunately, there is one subject that allows for fun while learning: science. The SciTeach Center released a series of fun activities to stay curious about science phenomena, geared towards children and families at home due to COVID-19.
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Claus Vögele joins the advisory group set up to assess COVID-related measures
The end of the pandemic is nowhere near, but Luxembourg starts to think of its exit strategy. The Government Council set up an ad hoc group to accompany the measures decided as part of the fight against the virus and to assess on a regular basis the side effects of these measures and the confinement. Claus Vögele, Psychologist and Head of the Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Luxembourg is one of the members.
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A survey to understand the psychological effects of social distancing measures in Luxembourg and the neighbouring countries.
In less than a month, COVID-19 has profoundly changed our daily habits. Between “home-office", “home-schooling” and only leaving our homes for basic necessities, our social interactions have been drastically reduced. Stress factors such as the loss of income, gloomy news and daily uncertainties must be added to this social isolation. If the need for social distancing measures is rarely questioned in principle, this does not mean that they are without consequences. Two researchers and their teams from the University of Luxembourg, Conchita D'Ambrosio and Claus Vögele, are launching an on-line questionnaire to better understand the impact of quarantine on the population in Luxembourg and the neighbouring countries.
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Visit the virtual Expo “Migration and Inclusion”
Getting together to discuss research seemed so normal just two weeks ago – it was just a given. However, suddenly a tiny virus is pushing us to become more creative and open when it comes to finding virtual solutions for our real-life face-to-face encounters – the “new normal” at least for a little while form now.
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Students produce 3D printed masks for medical staff
Students of the University’s Master in Architecture programme have launched an initiative to produce protective masks for medical staff to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Respecting the call for social distancing, one designated student uses a 3D printer in the University’s Maison du Savoir to print the masks.
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Borders in Times of Covid-19
This week, Christian Wille, director of the UniGR-Center for Borders Studies, shares his thoughts and observations on borders in times of the Covid-19.
Territorial borders and social demarcation processes are becoming dramatically more important during the coronavirus pandemic. A concise example is the 25th anniversary of the Schengen Agreement that coincides with border control tightening and the closure of internal EU borders. The “Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services” issued by the EU Commission on March 16th, 2020 currently ensure that despite the re/bordering processes, the borders remain open for tightly timed supply chains, cross-border commuters, and for a country’s own citizens.
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Diverse funerary needs at a time of crisis
The Covid-19 pandemic is profoundly changing our habits. Across Europe, gathering are banned or restricted, even when it comes to saying goodbye to a loved one. In some countries, funeral ceremonies are limited to close relatives ; in others, gatherings are simply prohibited. Under pressure, the burial sectors are working hard - often at personal risk - to do as much as possible to undertake funerals and make them as humane and accessible as possible within the constraints of public health measures. A mission and a tough subject that the CeMi project - of which the University of Luxembourg is a part of – discusses on its blog this week.

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Finding our online routine
Three weeks. The days go by and each one seems more like the one before. Three weeks in which we changed our habits and defined new routines. “Stay Healthy” has replaced our email signatures and joining a webex meeting or ‘virtual classroom’ is now just as common as going to a classroom in the Maison du Savoir. Three weeks, the opportunity for our lecturers to look back at their first experiences of remote teaching.
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Psychology students launch a phone call service to help people facing social isolation
The health crisis that we are going through is not only bad news. While it is unfortunate, it can also be seen as an opportunity. That’s how Johannes and Mara, two psychology students behind the start-up "GoldenMe", decided to look at it. Next week, they are launching the new service “GoldenPoteren” to help people to connect through phone calls with others.
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The digital-learning.lu website adapts to the emergency of remote teaching
Each crisis brings with it its share of changes. The coronavirus pandemic will be no exception. Social distancing measures required the University and higher education to migrate online. Although the integration of new technologies in education has been a priority for the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education for more than a year, we now completely depend on them to maintain our mission of education. The crisis we are going through breaks all the old resistances and accelerates our digital transformation.
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Confined but not alone
Greeting the baker, the pharmacist or sharing a coffee with our colleagues each morning, all these simple social interactions that made our daily life before seem already far away. This week, on the pages of the Tageblatt, Isabelle Albert addresses the increasing risks of loneliness and isolation in this particular time.
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When a cat becomes your only classmate
It's been a week that Liz Weis, student from the Bachelor en Cultures Européennes, follows her courses online. Today she shares with us her first impressions as a student about this new teaching methods far away from campus.
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How do Americans behave facing coronavirus?
Three researchers from the Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences are conducting a survey to understand the psychological and behavioral effects that the COVID-19 might have on people in the United-States.
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But first, coffee
Having a coffee at the office is almost a ritual. It begins in the morning for some, just after the lunch break for the others. It’s also a choice of a specific cup and then of the precious liquid, so espresso macchiato or black? Above all, it’s a place to meet. A break in the day that allows informal exchanges between colleagues of the same floor.
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Distant but more connected than ever
Few months ago, we were all far from imagining the situation we are living today. A deserted campus. In less than a week, the classroom were emptied, the noisy canteens went silent and only the sunrays are still entering the conference rooms of the Maison des Sciences Humaines. Everything seems to have stopped on Campus. However, you just need a few clicks online to realise that our Faculty is more alive than ever and far from being quiet.