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From electrical lab to individual learning space: the conversion has begun


On 08.12.2021, the Faculty Council of the EMI Faculty decided by vote to transform the circuit technology laboratory in room 206 into a learning space available to all students of the faculty, which is available for preparations between courses, work in project teams, as well as student research projects and theses. The planning phase was completed at the end of July 2022. Already during the planning phase, the previous furnishings such as cabinets, lab tables and blackboards were removed from the room and redistributed to other labs or stored.

Now, however, the active conversion has also begun. The floor has been renovated and the walls painted. In the next few weeks, electrical work will follow in order to dismantle the former lab wiring and the emergency stop switches, to install the necessary sockets and network outlets, including cable ducts, and to install W-LAN routers.

Currently, bids are being invited and evaluated for the furniture and fittings. The first orders have already been placed this week. Taking into account the delivery times and the craftsmen's work that is still necessary for the assembly as well as the installation and conversion of the furnishings, we expect to be able to start the operative trial operation at about the turn of the year!

The Service Centre Digital Tasks goes into operation


One of the four major work packages in the project is the Self-Service Centre Teaching. In cooperation with the university's own "Digital Campus Competence Centre" and the FH Bielefeld, this is now going into operation as the "Service Centre Digital Tasks.
Our employees Johannes Knaut (management), Bernhard Gailer and Wolfgang Weigl (STACK programming), together with Stephan Bach (task didactics), are now supporting teachers in their efforts to translate classical teaching into the digital age, to provide more individual feedback, to digitise compulsory exercises or exams, or simply to create more practice opportunities. If you have any questions or are interested in this offer, please contact Johannes Knaut (phone: +49 (9621) 482-3731; e-mail: j.knaut@oth-aw.de).
The Digital Assignments Service Centre will support and advise you with our experience in the development of digital assignments!

No Plug but Play - The Learnig Hall takes shape


The planning for the "Learning Hall" is almost complete. An innovative space for individual learning with digital media is being created for students in the Faculty EMI (Building G) Room 206 . At the heart of the concept are six high-performance workstations that are independent of the wired power and LAN supply. Thanks to the use of powerful battery packs and W-LAN, the work stations can be freely arranged throughout the room. From the arrangement of the workstations in teaching or meeting settings, to the grouping of one or more working groups, to the completely chaotic individual arrangement in the room, the most diverse scenarios can be depicted: Everything is possible! Of course, you can and should also use your own devices (BYOD concept). One Part of the room can be separated from the rest by a soundproof curtain. This "virtual collaboration space" is intended for meetings on site or via Cynaps system, microphones and camera with teams at other locations inside and outside the OTH. Last but not least, the planning also includes a retreat area for small groups and individuals.
With the completion of the planning phase, a first conclusion can now be drawn. The room identification, the elaboration of the different utilisation concepts, the spatial implementation of the concepts, the minimisation of room noise through the positioning and selection of the furnishings in the room and, last but not least, the consideration of fire protection aspects resulting from the planned fire protection upgrade of the building in 2023 and 2024 have thus been completed. Now the purchase of the furniture, infrastructure and interior adjustments as well as the ordering of the rest of the hardware and software can be pushed forward. Test operations should then start at the beginning of 2023.
In addition to the "digital classroom" (Faculty MB/UT (Building D), Room 319), an agile place for collaborative teaching and learning, and the "creative space" (Faculty EMI (Grammer Building), 3rd floor), students will then have a third innovative learning space on the Amberg campus with pioneering equipment at their disposal.

After the self-study module is before the self-study module: The first module is online!


The first self-study module for the course "Mathematics for Engineers I" in the area of complex numbers has been available to students for about two weeks now. The feedback was not long in coming. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all students for their feedback: Thank you! Only with your help is it possible to make the self-study modules even better.
From the reflected and predominantly positive feedback, we can see that the many hours of work have been worthwhile. Nevertheless, we have also identified one or two areas where we still need to do some work. The extensions and improvements in the first self-study module will keep us busy in the coming weeks, as will the selection and preparation of the subject area for the second self-study module.

There is a lot to do. Let's get it done.

We are ready to go: The first self-learning module is almost ready for usage!


Currently, the final touches are being put to the self-learning module for the area of complex numbers in the course "Mathematics for Engineers I". According to the plan, this first module for a better understanding of mathematics should be activated and made available to students by the end of next week.
This self-study module, as well as the following ones, will be implemented with the computer-based assessment package STACK in Moodle. Over the past weeks and months, the appropriate content has been didactically prepared, scripts have been written, the associated instructional videos, some of which are interactive, have been produced and post-processed, dynamic graphics have been created, custom-fit tasks have been identified and realised, and much more. The result is agile tasks with complex feedback trees that provide answer-dependent feedback. In this way, depending on the individual initial value, each student can be automatically given customised feedback that matches his or her answer.
Now it is "only" a matter of putting the finishing touches to the individual components, correcting the last errors and completing the extensive tests.

Another addition to the team


We are pleased to have gained another comrade-in-arms. Ms. Meiline Wolf will strengthen our team with immediate effect and will mainly work in the area of media production, especially with graphic design, video production and video post production. We wish her a good start and a warm welcome to the team!

The new website goes online


The time has come: We are very pleased to present the new digital look!

The new website of the IdeaL project is presented at the familiar address. Above all, the updating of the content, the desire for a more intuitive usability and a more modern design were the focus of the redesign. Of course, we welcome your feedback and are just as grateful for suggestions and comments as we are for praise or criticism.

In this spirit: Have fun discovering our homepage!

Conference contribution at the "International Meeting of the STACK Community 2022"


At the "International Meeting of the STACK Community 2022" in Leoben, our team had the opportunity to present parts of the results of their work in the session "S2:STACK in action worldwide #2". The content was about the use of feedback in STACK-based Moodle quizzes, taking into account self-regulation and different abilities of the learners.

Knaut, J., Altieri, M., Bach, S. & Strobl, I. (2022, April 24–28). A theory-based approach of feedback in STACK-based Moodle quizzes taking into account self-regulation and different proficiency of learners [Präsentation]. International Meeting of the STACK Community 2022, Leoben, Austria.

The team grows


We are pleased to announce that three more staff members, Ms Sarah Klung, Ms Katja Dechant and Mr Michael Weinmann, will join the team today. Ms Klung will take over the area of German as a technical and foreign language from Mr Jia, who is unfortunately leaving the project for personal reasons. Ms Dechant and Mr Weinmann, as project coordinators, will take over time, staff and budget management and reporting to the project funder.

In the next two months, three more staff members, Mr. Michael Seidl, Mr. Bernhard Gailer and Mr. Wolfgang Weigl, will strengthen the team. They will mainly take on tasks in the areas of mathematics, mathematics didactics and digital tasks. Welcome on board.

The project can start


With the signing of the funding agreement between the OTH Amberg-Weiden and the Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre, the project "IdeaL- Innovation Network for Digital Adaptive Teaching" (Innovation network for digital adaptive lesson) can begin on 01.08.2021 under the funding code FBM2020-EA-2870-07550.

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