News : DIU: Virtual spaces and real innovations: Review of the virTUos symposium

The virTUos symposium on "Spaces and learning environments - perspectives on the design of university teaching" took place at Dresden International University at the beginning of November. Over two days, the event offered participants the opportunity to explore innovative projects in the field of teaching and learning, both on site and virtually.

Day 1: Ope­ning and pro­ject presentations

The first day began with the ope­ning by Dr. Merle Emre, MBA on the DIU cam­pus. Hen­ri­ette Greu­lich and Prof. Dr. Alex­an­der Lasch pre­sen­ted the vir­TUos pro­ject, which con­sists of various indi­vi­dual pro­jects. These were pre­sen­ted live on site and online. The pro­jects included pro­gramming cour­ses, hybrid tea­ching con­cepts, digi­tal skills deve­lo­p­ment and vir­tual excursions.

Exci­ting pre­sen­ta­ti­ons were on the pro­gram in the after­noon. Topics included immersive expe­ri­en­ces in a cen­ter for digi­tal art by Dr. Mar­kus Löff­ler, the impact of AI on hig­her edu­ca­tion by Sebas­tian Horn­dasch and future skills for the uni­ver­sity of the future by Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers.

Day 2: Key­note spee­ches and conclusion

The second day began with a key­note speech by Dr. Merle Emre, MBA, on the topic of »Lear­ning envi­ron­ment and lear­ning pro­ces­ses«, in which she empha­si­zed that the tea­cher, the social envi­ron­ment and the lear­ning space are the third decisive fac­tor for lear­ning success.

Hen­ri­ette Greu­lich and Prof. Dr. Alex­an­der Lasch then dis­cus­sed the stra­te­gic impact of the vir­TUos pro­ject with the Vice-Rec­tor for Edu­ca­tion at TU Dres­den, Prof. Dr. Michael Kobel. Par­ti­cu­lar atten­tion was paid to the HYBRID stra­tegy, which is being deve­lo­ped as part of the project.

After­wards, the pro­ject rooms were visi­ted again and the par­ti­ci­pants had the oppor­tu­nity to try out the pro­jects and talk to those involved.

The end of the second day offe­red fur­ther fasci­na­ting insights from experts. Dr. Anita Sant­ner and Kay-Michael Würz­ner from the SLUB Dres­den explai­ned the role of aca­de­mic libra­ries as fle­xi­ble places of tea­ching and lear­ning using examp­les of how they have been used in the past and how they are used today. Dr. Jörg Zaun pre­sen­ted inno­va­tive tea­ching methods with object-based lear­ning (OBL), while the team from the

Bau­haus-Uni­ver­si­tät Wei­mar pre­sen­ted the con­cept of the hybrid lear­ning work­shop. In her pre­sen­ta­tion, Dr. Clau­dia Bade empha­si­zed the need to adapt tea­ching methods to the dyna­mic requi­re­ments of modern uni­ver­sity teaching.

Prof. Dr. Schoop Eric con­cluded the event with an inspi­ring pre­sen­ta­tion on micro­creden­ti­als as a fle­xi­ble and prac­tice-ori­en­ted edu­ca­tio­nal offer. The par­ti­ci­pants were encou­ra­ged to use the fin­dings of the con­fe­rence and to work tog­e­ther on the fur­ther deve­lo­p­ment of tea­ching and lear­ning envi­ron­ments at universities.

The vir­TUos sym­po­sium not only offe­red insights into inno­va­tive pro­jects, but also sti­mu­la­ted dis­cus­sions and reflec­tions on how the future of uni­ver­sity tea­ching and its lear­ning spaces can be shaped. We would like to thank all the spea­k­ers and event lea­ders for their inspi­ring con­tri­bu­ti­ons and look for­ward to put­ting the know­ledge gai­ned into practice.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion on the vir­TUos pro­ject can be found at DIU and at TU Dres­den.