Successful start to the digital semester

Category: Englisch

Part of the team "Digital Teaching": Anne Maier (Project Digitalization/ Internationalization 2.0), Catharina Englert (Project MINTzE), Andreas Spieldiener (IT) und Christine Wissel (Blended Learning)

In times of corona, the lectures at the TH Aschaffenburg are dominated by online teaching.

The summer semester started digitally this year for the approximately 3,200 students of the Technische Hochschule Aschaffenburg. The TH Aschaffenburg has been offering a large part of the compulsory subjects digitally since 16 March. The electives began on April 20 and will be run exclusively in digital form this semester. Students have access to the learning materials via the online learning platform Moodle. The lecturers have designed creative methods for their online events to suit the respective subject: For example e-lectures, webinars or video conferences. In this way, there is an interactive exchange with the students in virtual space. 

Being able to study successfully
"We want our students to be able to study successfully even in times of the corona crisis and prepare them for their professional life in the best possible way", emphasizes Prof. Dr. Holger Paschedag, Vice President for Studies and Teaching at the TH Aschaffenburg. The TH immediately set up a task force on "digital teaching" to provide technical and methodological support to the teachers. With the launch of the lectures, Bavaria's Minister of Science, Bernd Sibler, appealed to the universities to continue to take the corona pandemic seriously and to concentrate on digital offerings. 

The crisis as an opportunity
"In these times, the university has taken a big step towards digitalisation. Many of the online offers will also be used permanently, perhaps as a supplement," predicts Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Beck-Meuth, President of the TH Aschaffenburg. "All students benefit from this, especially those who are particularly dependent on learning independent of time and place due to their jobs or family obligations. On the other hand, it also becomes very clear how important it is to be able to speak directly to each other. It's a privilege we're just beginning to appreciate."
At present, no one can predict when the university will be able to return to its usual state. "It is a personal concern of mine that we focus on equal opportunities and ability to study this semester. The students should not suffer any disadvantages with regard to their case of studies as a result of this crisis," said the TH President.

Virtual Study Info Day
This year's TH AB Study Info Day will also take place on 25 April 2020 in online form. Here, prospective students receive all important information about studying at the Technische Hochschule in a live chat, can watch videos and browse in a media library. Virtual tours through laboratories, the library, the campus in Miltenberg and the campus in Aschaffenburg provide online insights into the university.