“Dear students, welcome to join the online course ‘History and Spirit of Centenary Nankai’. Originating from the private school funded by Yan Xiu, inspired by the crisis of the Chinese nation, Nankai University was officially founded in 1919. From its founding to its 100thanniversary, the gene of patriotism of Nankai people passed on from generation to generation......”
On February 19th, the selective course “History and Spirit of Centenary Nankai” came to students on the platform Xuetang X and Rain Classroom. Although face-to-face teaching is impossible in such a special period, many students are enthusiastic about joining the online live class for the very first period of this semester. Fifteen minutes before the formal start of the course, the teacher shared a story in Yan Xiu’s diary, the father of Nankai University, encouraging students to cherish time and self-examine themselves in the special period of prevention and control of COVID-19 epidemic.
Li Xiangyang, director of the course, said that “We will share and appreciate the glorious history and indomitable spirit of Nankai University together on this course, hoping that all of us, both teachers and students, can draw on nourishment and enlightenment from the past 100 years and enhance our confidence and courage to overcome the difficulties together”.
The spotlight report “The Inheritance of ‘Three Patriotic Questions’ in Centenary Nankai”, precious document “Get to Know the Environment and Work Hard”, oral history of Nankai University...... All these precious materials were selected and uploaded to Xuetang X carefully by the director, so as to promote students' self-learning and appreciate the history and spirit of Nankai University.
Zhu Yaqing, an undergraduate student from College of Foreign Languages, believes that she learned a lot from online SPOC teaching. She said that “The video materials and Zhang Boling’s speech on the opening ceremony provided by the director are very valuable and useful. I hope I can gain more knowledge through this course and cultivate a deeper and wider understanding of Nankai University.”
“This course provides us with detailed historical materials with meticulous classification. Therefore, I could sincerely feel the cultural abundance of Nankai's history”, Yang Linyi, a student from School of Economics, was also deeply moved by the long and rich history of Nankai University.
This is the first time in 100 years that the history of Nankai University is being told in the form of a course. In order for the course to run attractively and effectively, a special teaching team, consisting of 10 teachers from the Propaganda Department of the Party Committee of Nankai University and the university history research team, have started preparing for the course months ago. Relying on Nankai’s rich historical and cultural resources, this team keeps creating new ideas through their research among Nankai University History and Spirit Publicity Team and their learning from other experienced lecturing teams. Recently, in face with the severe situation of combating COVID-19, the curriculum has adjusted the teaching plan in time: to conduct online lectures in chronological order and offline lectures by specific categories. It is hoped that through the all-round display of the patriotic gene and enterprising spirit of Nankai University in the past century, students will be encouraged and inspired to carry forward the glorious tradition of serving the country and strive to achieve the “aspiration for progress with each passing day”.
(Translated by Cheng Hang,Edited by Davide Francolino and JianjingYun)