Success for RWTH’s Online Teaching Strategy
The NRW Ministry of Culture and Science and Digitale Hochschule NRW provide funding for five RWTH remote learning projects.
Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer has a leading role in the project "EOR4EE - Technologies for the Energy Turnaround", one of a total of five projects at RWTH Aachen University which is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science as well as the Digital University NRW, among others. In the "OERContent.nrw" funding line, 18 concepts for digital teaching and learning formats are funded with a total of 10.5 million euros over a time span of two years.
OER is the abbreviation for Open Education Resources - freely accessible e-learning formats such as online courses, learning videos, podcasts, or virtual laboratories. Funded are joint projects between at least three universities, as the goal of the initiative is to promote inter-university collaboration. RWTH is involved in the following five projects, in three of them as project-leading institution:
- DecisionMaster 2020 – Training Tool for Clinical Decision Making for the Implementation of the National Catalogue of Learning Objectives in Medicine (NKLM) (Professor Martin Georg Häusler, Martin Lemos)
- Digital Learning Environment – Structural Analysis – as a Holistic Concept (Professor Sven Klinkel, Professor Volker Rexing)
- Hydro OER – Hydrology Repository (Professor Heribert Nacken, Dr. Malte Persike)
- Digital Histo Atlas NRW (Professor Thomas Pufe, Professor Cordian Beyer)
- EOR4EE – Technologies for the Energy Transition (Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer)
Among the participating universities, RWTH Aachen University was granted the largest number of projects with project leader status. According to Professor Aloys Krieg, Vice Rector for Teaching, this success highlights the great acceptance of free online formats at the University: "This shows that we have been driving forward the digitalization of teaching and learning for some time. The coronavirus crisis has demonstrated how important it is to develop digital course offerings for securing student success".