DAAD project develops international online course on additive manufacturing

participants of the course
3 universities, 1 online course – and a special practical task: How can manufacturing planning for additive manufacturing be taught together if each partner university has a different additive manufacturing technology?

"The answer lies in the transnational virtual cooperation between students and researchers from TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the universities National University of Science and Technology MISIS (Moscow, Russia) and Salahaddin University (Erbil, Iraq) in the DAAD-funded project on the digitization of teaching," reveals Manuela Junghans, an employee for international projects at the Chair of Additive Manufacturing and the International University Center. Since autumn 2020 a team led by Prof. Henning Zeidler the international English-language blended mobility course "Production Planning in Additive Manufacturing". In April all students meet in a kick-off event to discuss the special approach for the practical part.
 
 "In addition to lectures and exercises on production planning in additive manufacturing as a key technology of Industry 4.0, the new e-learning program focuses in particular on practice. The students plan and execute the production of various components with three different additive manufacturing processes. The production planning is carried out at a university that does not have the technology in question available. Thus, the cooperation of the student groups results in a permanent role reversal. In the production planning phase, the students of the respective country first bring their locally available machine closer to their international partner group. On this basis, the production is planned by the remote participants before it is carried out locally again. This is done in a circle between three locations, three technologies and three local teams. In this way, the students not only come into contact with new manufacturing technologies that are not available to them (perspective of the learner) but also the knowledge about the locally available technology is deepened when the role of the teacher is assumed," project coordinator Dipl.-Ing. Moritz Lamottke describes the contents of the learning platform.
 
With the new possibilities, the project aims to create a sustainable offer and offer students with limited mobility opportunities and/or technical equipment from the participating countries a starting point for international practical experience. Virtual and on-site group work offers, such as a summer school, are intended to further promote student exchange. "In addition to imparting the important and future-oriented learning content, it is also our special goal to promote the active communication and networking of participating students and teachers beyond national and cultural boundaries. We do this, among other things, with the special cross-site distribution of tasks in the practical part, which can only be solved through active international cooperation. To support this, all activities are also accompanied by (digital) intercultural supervision," explains Prof. Henning Zeidler.

Background: The "International Virtual Academic Collaboration" program

To anchor the digitalization of teaching in international university cooperation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has selected around 60 projects for the "International Virtual Academic Collaboration (IVAC)" program. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding IVAC with around 5,5 million euros until the end of 2021.

Fragen beantwortet / Contact: 
Dipl.-Ing. Moritz Lamottke, +49 3731 39 3107, moritz.lamottke@imkf.tu-freiberg.de