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Federal Government Promotes the Development of a Learning Platform for Teacher-Training Students at TU Dortmund University

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Eine Frau am Arbeitsplatz mit Computer und Laptop. © Sina Römer

Schools are becoming more digitized, and the same applies to teacher training. Since October 2018, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been funding the interdisciplinary project “DEGREE 4.0 – Digital reflexive teacher training 4.0: video-based – barrier-free – personalized” at TU Dortmund University. The project supports students in various teaching subjects to further develop their diagnostic and support skills with the aid of a digital and barrier-free learning platform.

The aim of the DEGREE 4.0. project is to integrate practice into university teaching, thereby enabling future teachers to gain theory-based practical experience and starting points for reflecting on their own actions. To this end, a digital learning platform will be developed and researched with which students in the teaching subjects German, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music and Rehabilitation Sciences can develop and apply content for diagnosis and support in video-based case studies from practice. They receive additional support, for example through specific tasks and rich communication opportunities. The learning platform is barrier-free in two respects: On the one hand, the platform can be accessed from home or in the university via Internet-enabled terminals. On the other hand, not only the access to the platform, but also to the content is barrier-free, as the platform can be adapted to the individual needs of the users.

First project phase to run until 2022

The project is being conducted at TU Dortmund University under the direction of Prof. Dr. Stephan Hußmann, Institute for Development and Research in Mathematics Education (IEEM). Also involved are Prof. Dr. Nührenbörger (IEEM), Prof. Dr.  Bosse (Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences), Prof. Dr. Marci-Boehncke (Institute of German Language and Literature) and Prof. Dr. Johannes Fischer (Faculty of Computer Science) and Prof. Dr.  Kranefeld (Institute of Music and Musicology). The first project phase runs from 2018 to 2022. The funding amount is two million euros.

TU Dortmund University leading in teacher training

TU Dortmund University is one of the three leading universities in North Rhine-Westphalia in terms of teacher education: Around 22 percent of the 34,500 students at TU Dortmund University are currently enrolled in the teacher-training program. They can study 30 subjects for five school types.

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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.

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