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20.03.2020 11:14

Studying despite the Corona crisis: Hochschule Fresenius is relocating classroom teaching to the virtual space

Melanie Hahn Press & public relations
University of Applied Sciences Fresenius

As a preventive measure, Hochschule Fresenius has suspended its face-to-face events at all nationwide locations for the time being. Teaching for 14,000 students will continue digitally from now on.

The corona pandemic is forcing universities in Germany and worldwide to discontinue their presence in order to reduce the risk of infection. In order for the students to be able to continue their studies seamlessly and not lose any time, the Hochschule Fresenius has relocated almost all of its teaching operations to the virtual space within a few days. Since this week, online-based learning has been offered to all students, with which the necessary knowledge about the ILIAS learning platforms and the self-developed studynet as well as various forms of virtual learning such as virtual classrooms are implemented and conveyed. "We want to ensure that our students can continue their studies in the best possible way and that they can provide all the services planned for the summer semester 2020", says Prof. Dr. Tobias Engelsleben, President of the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences. Digitizing a complete face-to-face course including teaching and supervision for 14,000 students within a few days in the current semester is "extremely demanding", says Engelsleben. "This show of strength could only succeed with the great commitment of all teachers, employees and especially IT."

In 2015 the Hochschule Fresenius founded its own department for online courses with onlineplus. As a result, the university built up competencies in digital teaching at an early stage and gained a lot of experience that it could now draw on, among other things. The Hochschule Fresenius is also one of the few universities in Germany where so-called instructional designers are already in use. They are involved in every new and further development of courses, they advise and determine which course content can be meaningfully digitized. "With these employees we have built up our own network of experts who are helping us right now," says Prof. Dr. Ekkehart Baumgartner, Vice President for Studies and Teaching. “Together with our instructional designers, program developers and university lecturers, we have been working for a long time to offer our students new study formats in virtual space. Learning, advising, supervising, exchanging - all of this can also take place digitally with us. We have created our own learning and teaching system for this. ”The platforms also enable students and lecturers to exchange ideas. Initial feedback from students shows that the learning videos, online lectures and digital teaching materials are very well received.

“The corona crisis can also be an opportunity for us to further advance the digitization of university teaching,” adds Prof. Engelsleben, “and at the same time to protect the health of our students and teachers. But we are already looking forward to meeting everyone again in person on campus soon. "

About the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences
The Hochschule Fresenius with its locations in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Idstein, Cologne, Munich and Wiesbaden as well as the study center in New York is one of the largest and most renowned private universities in Germany with over 14,000 students. It looks back on more than 170 years of tradition. In 1848 Carl Remigius Fresenius founded the "Chemisches Laboratorium Fresenius" in Wiesbaden, which from the beginning was dedicated to both laboratory practice and training. The university has been officially recognized since 1971. It has a very broad and varied range of subjects and offers full-time bachelor and master programs as well as part-time and training-related (dual) courses in the fields of chemistry & biology, design, health & social affairs, onlineplus and economics & media. The Hochschule Fresenius is institutionally accredited by the Science Council. During the first accreditation in 2010, in particular their “broad and innovative range of Bachelor and Master’s courses”, “their internationality” and their “convincingly designed practical relevance” were recognized by the Science Council. In April 2016 she was reaccredited by the Science Council for a further five years.

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Amendment from March 20, 2020

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