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Eine Frau hat eine VR-Brille auf und hält in jeder Hand einen kleines Steuerinstrument für die VR-Umgebung. Im Hintergrund ist ein Bildschirm zu sehen, auf dem der Schriftzug Hylec eingeblendet ist.. © Martina Hengesbach​/​TU Dortmund
In the HyLeC, students can go on a short voyage into virtual reality.

3D printers, laser cutters, a video and audio studio and a virtual reality unit: As of October, TU Dortmund University students can make use of all this and even more in the recently opened MakerSpace in the Central Library. The MakerSpace is part of the Hybrid Learning Center (HyLeC), which is being funded with €3.3m by the Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre, a foundation that supports innovation in university teaching.

Anyone entering the Central Library will quickly notice that something has changed on the first floor: Where the newspaper reading room used to be, there is now the high-tech MakerSpace, which is open to all students at TU Dortmund University. They can put their creative ideas into practice here – whether they want to record a podcast, film a video in front of a green screen or apply their own patterns to fabrics using a programmable embroidery machine. Eight 3D printers are available for students to produce their own shapes and designs. With a special scanner, objects can be scanned directly in 3D. A wide variety of materials, such as wood, felt or acrylic sheets, can be engraved or cut to size with the laser cutter. Students can also craft things with soldering irons and other tools.

The new MakerSpace is part of the new HyLeC, which is run jointly by the University Library, Engineering Education, Computer Graphics, and Motor and Physical Development in Rehabilitation and Education. The HyLeC combines physical and virtual resources, rooms and consulting. Hybrid workshops are therefore also offered in the MakerSpace, for example on how to operate the 3D printers. “Students can join in both here on site as well as from home,” explains Silke Frye from Engineering Education.

Create own VR worlds

In the VR Learning World, students can make use of digital learning offers from all subject areas. A catalog of various VR offers is available for this purpose: Whether it’s a visit to the art gallery, a walk through the ISS, a short trip around the world via Google Earth or the simulation of maintenance work – everything in a virtual format. “Students can also learn how to create their own VR worlds,” says Silke Frye. And they can be part of virtual reality themselves with their own personal avatars because the MakerSpace also has a body scanner with 60 high-resolution cameras. In the long term, there are even plans to develop a digital campus, where members of TU Dortmund University can meet in digital form as avatars.

Eine Frau steht vor eine Reihe von 3D-Druckern, die aufgereiht auf einem Tisch stehen. © Martina Hengesbach​/​TU Dortmund
Eight 3D printers are at students’ disposal in the HyLeC.

“There is a global trend toward libraries as creative learning spaces,” says Dr. Ute Engelkenmeier from the University Library. “With the MakerSpace, we’re following this trend.” Inclusion is also highlighted: The aim is for all offers to be accessible. That is why all tables are adjustable in height, there is an orientation system and equipment is labeled in Braille. In addition, the embroidery machine’s display can be controlled via voice commands.

Another component of the HyLeC, the “Digital Collaboration World”, has already been in operation since the 2021 winter semester. The learning spaces, which are accessible and equipped with media technology, allow groups to participate interactively in digital courses and to work together on digital learning content.

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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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