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Two projects starting next year

Another three million euros for “Teacher Training Quality Campaign”

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Female student in an orange shirt sitting in front of a large computer screen. © Roland Baege​/​TU Dort­mund
Digitalization in teacher training is a priority in both projects.

TU Dort­mund University has secured nearly a further 3 million euros in funding within the “Teacher Training Quality Campaign” program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The two projects, which will start next year, both center on the topic of “Digitalization in Teacher Training”.

Head of the project “K4D – Collaborative Teaching and Learning with Digital Media in Teacher Training: Mobile – Professional – Inclusive” is Professor Stephan Hußmann, who masterminded the concept together with fellow colleagues at TU Dort­mund University. “With the K4D project, TU Dort­mund University plans to raise the didactic and methodological quality of teaching and learning processes through the use of digital media,” says Hußmann. “Digital media should help to improve professional competence and foster collaboration in teaching.” K4D is embedded in inclusion-oriented teacher training, which is a special feature of the teaching degrees at TU Dort­mund University. The project will start in March next year, run until the end of 2023 and has been awarded funding of around 2 million euros as well as what is known as a “program allowance” for indirect project costs of about a further 400,000 euros.

TU Dort­mund University has raised funding for the second project in the con­sor­tium with the 12 other universities in North Rhine-Westphalia responsible for teacher training. The project title is “ComeIn”, which stands for “Communities of Practice for Innovative Teacher Training in NRW”. The partners will develop concepts and products – for example software – with which to systematically advance the digitalization-related skills of teaching staff. The aim now is to bundle the extensive expertise they share both at scientific level and in educational practice. Expert knowledge is agglomerated in what are known as Communities of Practice (CoP) in order to trigger reciprocal learning processes. ComeIn will also start in March next year and run until the end of 2023. Funding amounts to about 470,000 euros, plus a program allowance of around a further 80,000 euros.

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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 Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). 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 Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord 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 20 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".

Dort­mund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dort­mund Airport to TU Dort­mund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dort­mund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more in­for­mation). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dort­mund Airport.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. 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 Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.