TU Bergakademie Freiberg starts summer semester with online lectures

Student with laptop
Due to the corona crisis, the university is currently in preventive standby mode. For its more than 4,000 students, this means that all lectures and courses will take place exclusively online from 6 April.

A presence in the lecture halls is not possible or necessary at least until 4 May. With these measures, TU Freiberg would like to enable its students to have a successful - albeit special - summer semester despite the handicaps.

The digital courses and lectures are available to students on the online platform of the Saxon universities, the Bildungsportal Sachsen, in a password-protected area. In addition to video or audio recordings of the more than 200 lecturers, students can also find additional teaching material, such as exercises or further documents for self-study. In addition, Urs Peuker, who as Vice Rector together with the faculties further develops the digital teaching offers at the university, opts for so-called digital classrooms via a video conference. There, students can interact with teachers and fellow students without delay, ask questions and receive immediate answers. "I believe that our students will learn no worse, and perhaps some even better, with the measures taken than in the previous semester - just differently," says the Vice Rector for Structural Development.

"For courses that cannot be held in the digital classroom because of their practical content, a different kind of compensation will be created or they will be postponed to a later date," Peuker continues. This applies, for example, to lab courses in chemistry or ecology, in which students work with a microscope, or take soil and water samples. "Even with regard to excursions that had to be cancelled, the students will not experience any study related disadvantages. Instead, alternative academic achievements will be taken into account," reassures Prof. Dr. Silvia Rogler, Vice Rector for Education.

In order to prepare the teaching staff in the best possible way for the new online formats, the university's E-Learning coordination office offers extensive training and further education courses. As soon as the measures taken by the federal and state governments to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are relaxed, the online lectures of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg will be converted into attendance courses. According to current information, the transition will not take place before May 4, however.

First semester welcome in the new format

Due to the social distancing measures, there are also restrictions for first-year students of the current summer term. The usual welcome ceremony for first-year students has been postponed to a later date. Nevertheless, the six faculties offer virtual introductory events and answer all questions of first-year students.

Some of the exams for the winter term 2019/2020 also had to be postponed. They will be rescheduled once the students can enter the university facilities again.

In this message to the students Vice Rector Prof. Peuker talks about E-Learning at TU Freiberg.

Contact person for students:

Student office
(matriculation, examination administration)
studierendenbueroatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de
For prospective students and first-year students:

Admissions Office
(Application, admission)
zulassungsbueroatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

Central Student Advisory Service
(choice of study, start of study)
Mon-Fri: 9 to 15
Phone: 03731 39-3469
studienberatungatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

Contact person for teaching staff:

E-Learning Coordination Office
Yulia Dolganova
elearningattu-freiberg [dot] de