E-Learning Roundtable

Sharing Experiences and Networking

Find out all the news regarding E-Learning at TU Darmstadt and which concepts, tools, and methods are being used successfully in other departments.

Open Format

The “E-Learning Roundtable” is an open format in which those active and interested in E-Learning from the TU Darmstadt and other Hessian universities can participate (within the network HessenHub ).

Some dates are also open to European colleagues from the UNITE context.

Our “E-Learning Roundtable” offers regular opportunities to share experiences and get inspirations for digital teaching.

Each meeting focuses on a specific topic related to digital teaching. One or more inputs are given by instructors, students, or staff who report on their experiences or planned projects in this field. There is also sufficient time for questions and to share further experiences.

Currently, the E-Learning roundtable takes place online.

E-Learning Roundtable: Dates in the Winter Semester 2022/23

3 – 4:30 p.m., Prof. Andy Schürr, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

In hybrid teaching settings, one part of the students attends the respective course on-site at the university, while the other part of the students attends online (e.g. from home). Depending on the character of the course, different scenarios are suitable. Online participation can take place synchronously or asynchronously. Online and face-to-face participation may be organised alternately. The implementation of hybrid teaching thus poses a variety of didactic and technical challenges for teachers and students, but at the same time offers new opportunities and flexible access.

At this E-Learning roundtable, Prof. Dr. Andy Schürr from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the TU Darmstadt will report on his experiences with the use of hybrid teaching concepts in the summer semester of 2022.

3 – 4 p.m., Pascal Mosler, Civil and Environmental Engineering

The next Digital Coffee Round will take place on 8 November from 3 – 4 p.m. as part of the project “HessenHub – Network for Digital University Teaching”. For this reason, there will no E-Learning roundtable in November.

Pascal Mosler from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the TU Darmstadt is this year's winner of the first Hessian Open Educational Resources Award and will present his project “Explainer videos and self-developed software – creation of learning materials according to the constructive alignment principle in civil and environmental engineering” to the Hessian community at the Digital Coffee Round.

More information on the HessenHub page

3 – 4:30 p.m., Jessica Nixon, Institute of General and Vocational Education, Research Group Technology Didactics

The issue of digitalisation already has a great influence on the most diverse areas of society. Digital applications are also indispensable for the future of education. Learning management systems (LMS) play a central role in the implementation of various digitally supported teaching-learning settings, which is why prospective teachers need the competences to design and implement teaching concepts with this technology. How digitally supported teaching develops will depend in particular on future teachers. They are challenged to leave familiar paths and to integrate digital applications and media into their lessons in a pedagogically and didactically meaningful way.

At the E-Learning roundtable, Jessica Nixon will present how digital competences are taught in a practical and application-oriented way at the research group of Technology Didactics department by having students independently develop Moodle courses on selected topics.

3 – 4:30 p.m., Andreas Pilot, Architecture

At the Department of Design and Building Technology of the Faculty of Architecture, students not only sculpture physical and digital models in interdisciplinary teams, but they also enter the digital models in the design and planning process as virtual reality together with the lecturers.

At this E-Learning Stammtisch, the head of the BIM Studio, Dipl.-Ing. Architekt Andreas Pilot, will report on the challenges and opportunities of this new form of teaching and provide insight into the practice as well as the methodological and didactic added value of the interdisciplinary linking of Building Information Modelling (BIM) with Virtual Reality (VR).

3 – 4:30 p.m., Svana Esche, Computer Science

Adaptive learning means that the learning material adapts to the needs of the learners, e.g., to their individual learning level and their different previous experiences.

An experience report is presented on how an adaptive self-learning environment was planned and implemented for the exam preparation of a written exam for first-year students and what feedback students gave on it.

The experience report includes a walk-through, both through the self-study unit and through the open-source software Lumi, whose H5P format is already integrated in Moodle.

3 – 4:30 p.m., Kira Weise, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Over the last two years, Kira Weise from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has worked with students to create teaching videos on various topics in the field of materials in construction.

On the one hand, they clearly show normative test procedures for fresh and hardened cement and provide an exciting, partly drone-supported insight into concrete practice. On the other hand, videos were created that present various possible careers after graduation.

The videos were used in teaching in various formats. For example, students receive a clear explanation of normative test procedures in Moodle lessons, which contain excerpts from the videos, and learn how to deal with DIN standards in a “playful” way by working through the associated tasks. In addition, the teaching videos were shown for the first time last semester in the form of a “materials cinema” in the lecture hall and were thus able to give the Bachelor's students a small practical insight.

The experience report by Kira Weise gives an insight into the creation of the teaching videos and their use in different formats in teaching together with the respective feedback from the students.

More roundtable's dates to follow ….