New ideas for digital competence in teaching and studying

E-Learning via smartphone. Foto: Crispin Mokry
Four initiatives at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg are now being supported as part of the Saxony-wide Digital Fellowship program.

The innovative concepts for digital teaching and learning range from the acquisition of foreign languages through online learning communities and online tests for engineering studies to skills for scientific writing in the digital space. The aim of the program is to further develop the use of digital tools and digitally supported methods in university teaching. The supported initiatives make it clear that e-learning is an integral part of teaching at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

Presenting in a foreign language

In order to prepare students to present in English, Professor Sebastian Zug from the Institute of Computer Science and Dr. Mark Jacob from the International Centre are developing a didactic concept as well as suitable digital solutions for training in the giving of talks in English. After the students learn the basics of presenting through self-study using online course materials, they develop their own presentations with the help of so-called text-to-speech. This technique lets presenters slip into the role of the listener and prepares them for a real audience. The interactive materials are made available to other users as Open Educational Resources with an open license and free access.

E-learning in heterogeneous learning communities

Professor Gotthard Wolf from the Foundry Institute of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg is addressing the multimedia online course in the “Foundry Process Design” module for students of the English-language Master’s degree in Metallic Materials Technology. Online tutorials and videos, which were developed especially for e-learning, are intended to prepare students who have different prior knowledge and various learning biographies as best as possible for the further courses in the degree.

Online tests in metal forming

Converting the classic test from paper into a digital version: that is the idea of Dr. Sergey Guk from the Institute of Metal Forming. Through digital tests, the engineer does not only want to check to what extent students have understood the subject matter dealt with. Automatic feedback should also give students immediate feedback on errors that have occurred, including tips and advice on how to fill the knowledge gaps identified.

Scientific writing in digital space

Professor Jutta Stumpf-Wollersheim from the Chair of International Management and Corporate Strategy at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Professor Ronny Baierl from the Center for Interdisciplinary Education at the Dresden University of Applied Sciences are working on a range of digital courses for scientific work in seminars. Students will find digital exercises and work assignments, in-depth video sequences and online tests for self-examination. In addition, students have the opportunity to exchange information directly with the supervisors of the written work in virtual space at agreed times, thereby contributing to a better end result.

Background: Digital Fellowships at universities in Saxony

With the Digital Fellowship program, the Saxony State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism supports innovative ideas in the field of digital higher education in Saxony. For the funding period 2020-2021, the Saxony University Didactics Center and the E-Learning Working Group of the Saxony State Rectors' Conference selected four initiatives at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. The Digital Fellowships include both individual and tandem initiatives with internal and external partners.

The titles of the funded projects are as follows:

  1. "Teaching / learning concept for the teaching of foreign language presentation techniques based on interactive OER materials" (International Centre and Institute of Computer Science)
  2. "Learning in a heterogeneous learning community with e-learning: multimedia online course for students with different learning needs in the Foundry Process Design module" (Foundry Institute)
  3. "E-tests in subjects of metal forming: ETestFM" (Institute of Metal Forming)
  4. " Writing - Promotion of research and scientific writing skills in the digital space" (Chair of International Management and Corporate Strategy in cooperation with HTW Dresden)
Ansprechpartner: 
Anja Solf-Hofbauer, Projektmanagerin E-Learning, Anja.Solf-Hofbauer@zuv.tu-freiberg.de