Dear teaching staff,
This summer semester, on-site teaching - communication among those physically present - as established at the University of Tübingen since 1477 looks set to be largely suspended, with small number of exceptions only.
We are not an online university and have no desire to become one; we had hoped to have more time for a phased-in, comprehensive setup of online services to complement and provide further depth to on-site classes. Now, in this exceptional situation, we are forced to use online formats for communication among people no longer physically present. That is our biggest problem. The challenge now is to come up with useful online teaching concepts which will do the job, and not to let ourselves be hampered by perfectionism.
The University is an academic organism; we are working with care and concentration in many places and at many levels to provide and support online formats.
The following advice is for all teaching staff. We have kept it very general - in a bid to cover all the many different types of teaching methods and material taught at a traditional university:
Set your priorities and take your degree program’s education and qualification goals as the starting-point for how your students can achieve the summer semester’s core aims (no frills) in the program.
You may only get to meet your students in person late in the semester, if at all. Teaching therefore needs to be designed to support the learning process. How can you support students’ work with the material? How can you support working with texts? How can theories be explained, how can methods be demonstrated?
In many cases it can be helpful to draw up a syllabus. It should show the structure of each lesson, with comments. A syllabus can help with lesson structure and creates a clear picture when personal explanations are not possible.
Set up a format of small steps in order to get to know each other, and to help you recognize the academic strengths and weaknesses of your students.
Develop the format together. Use the modular structure to promote mutual understanding.
This page offers a central point for ideas regarding the most important teaching formats. Currently, it is work in progress. Please check this website regularly in the days and weeks to come so that you will be informed of new ideas and additional information.
Here’s to a good 2020 summer semester for us all.
The teaching task force
In summer semester 2020, we cannot at this stage offer any on-campus teaching. New students in particular will need support and instructions so that they can find the online classes available to them. Therefore, you as a lecturer need to upload the important information on your courses to the alma portal with easily visible instructions and links to learning platforms such as Moodle and Ilias, announcements on e-learning courses and other important details regarding the online format of your classes.
Here are instructions on how to enter the information and make it easily seen. We are happy to answer your questions via alma-support. @uni-tuebingen.de
Herausforderungen 2020 und die Suche nach pragmatischen Schritten
Video in German by Prof. Dr. Gabi Reinmann
Hamburger Zentrum für universitäres Lehren und Lernen (HUL) - Universität Hamburg