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4.5 Million Euros for In­no­va­tive Teaching Projects

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Alongside their respective teams, Dr. Tobias Haertel (left) and Prof. Uwe Wilkesmann have successfully acquired funding for in­no­va­ti­ve di­gi­tal teaching projects.

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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Location & approach

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”.

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