The Virtual Faculty bundles all digitally supported content of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. On the one hand it is offered as a service. On the other hand as a virtual laboratory for new formats, and teaching and learning methods.
There are, for example:
- virtual preparation courses for foreign student
- e-lectures and self-study courses
- on-site and e-learning courses
As it is mentioned above, the focus stays on teaching (e-learning). The integration with such related topics as e-science, social media, internationalization, open education, virtual reality etc. is planned and will be stepwise developed.
The TU Bergakademie Freiberg is a classic “brick-and-mortar” university. E-learning has been so far used exclusively to support presence teaching. Conceptually, the following goals are pursued:
- Practical orientation: Increase of practical orientation, for example through the involvement of experts from industry and industry
- Student orientation: Guidance to individual self-study, for example by integration of online self-tests, lecture transcripts, portfolio exercises.
- Cooperation: Use of collaborative tools for shared knowledge acquisition in the form of wikis or interactive scripts etc.
- Communication: Intensification of the students' communication between each other beyond the classroom, for example in discussion forums, via chat or e-mail.
- Efficiency: Increasing the educational effort for teachers and learners, for example through using of digital teaching materials, organization of course enrollments, consultations etc.
Considering the current challenges regarding the digitization and automation, universities must find new ways to make students fit for Working Environment 4.0. Nowadays, digital media does not just support teaching, but is turned into educational material and format.
The TU Bergakademie Freiberg understands digitization not only in terms of the comparable information transfer or as an extension of the technical infrastructure. It is rather the question of „fundamental changing of [...] existing concepts of knowledge transfer, skills acquisition, understanding of roles and organizational structures and coexistence in and around the university as well as political framework conditions" (Janoschka 2015, p 4).
In view of the controversies about a "post-truth age", universities have a high responsibility not only towards students and staff, but also the society as a whole.
You come from abroad and are interested in studying at a German University? Then Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg offers an all new opportunity to get ready for studying in Germany. To prepare for the studies both in terms of language and specialization in the best possible way one may take advantage of our new offer of the winter semester 2017/18 to sign up for a Virtual Preparation Course.
The described Virtual Preparation Course reverts to distance learning methods so that one can participate in our course portfolio from the comfort of the own PC at home. The only necessary precondition is an enrollment at a university in your home country or a certificate of entry requirements. The duration of the Virtual Preparation Course can be one or two semesters.