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The Foundation for Innovation in Higher Education Teaching (Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre) has announced the projects it has chosen to fund as part of the “Strengthening Higher Education Teaching Through Digitalization” program. Two projects from TU Dortmund University are among those selected. 3.3 million euros will go to the Hybrid Learning Center (HyLeC), which provides students and teachers with physical and virtual resources, rooms and advisory services. A further 1.2 million euros has been allocated to the “CrossLabs” joint project, in which easily combinable cross-reality laboratories are being developed in collaboration with TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the TU Ilmenau and the NORDAKADEMIE University of Applied Sciences.
Operated jointly by the University Library (UB), EngineeringEducation, and the Chairs of Computer Graphics, and Physical and Motor Development in Rehabilitation and Education, the HyLeC offers students and teachers physical and virtual resources, rooms and advisory services – all from a single source. The project is set to be located on UB premises. “With the HyLeC, we want to create innovative teaching and learning opportunities, combining the advantages of digital learning with our in-person courses,” explains project manager Dr. Tobias Haertel from EngineeringEducation. EngineeringEducation is researching ways of improving teaching in engineering courses.
The “Digital Media World” gives students the opportunity to create professional media themselves – this involves acquiring equipment such as mobile film studios, cameras and video editing software that students can use to produce their own learning videos. The “Digital Collaboration World” with accessible learning rooms equipped with media technology will make it possible for future groups to attend digital, interactive courses and work on digital learning content together.
In addition, digital and hybrid workshops and advisory services as well as a virtual campus are being developed, where students and teachers will also be able to interact in the form of digital avatars. What’s more, a “Maker World” will be created in the library as a creative workshop where students can use a variety of tools, such as 3D printers and laser cutters, to implement their own practical projects. What makes the Hybrid Learning Center so special is that all its services are developed not only on a technical level, but also from a pedagogical perspective, while also, above all, ensuring a barrier-free design.
The “CrossLabs” project is developing cross-reality laboratories
The “CrossLabs” joint project focuses on digital laboratory elements such as remote laboratories (i.e., real laboratories that can be controlled digitally from another location), virtual laboratory environments or simulations. Solutions of this kind are currently still being developed individually at various universities, meaning these elaborate systems are reserved for a limited group of users. CrossLabs aims to find didactic, technical and organizational solutions for open digital laboratory projects that can be combined across universities. This would result in an open teaching and learning system for the students, which can be flexibly tailored to their needs. This joint project is being funded with a total of almost 4.7 million euros, with 1.2 million euros going to TU Dortmund University. Prof. Uwe Wilkesmann from the Chair of Organizational Studies and Management of Continuing Education at the Center for Higher Education (zhb) is in charge of the sub-project. EngineeringEducation and the Fluid Mechanics team are also involved.
“I am delighted that TU Dortmund University’s joint and individual applications were both successful,” says Dr. Tobias Haertel. “Both projects promise to bring real added value for the students with their innovative ideas.”
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The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.