30. October 2020 News
Bottrop / Mülheim an der Ruhr, 30 October 2020: The winter semester lecture period at the HRW begins on 2 November 2020. Around 1,300 new students will then begin their Bachelor's or Master's programmes. However, very few of the total of 6300 students will be able to come to the campuses in Bottrop or Mülheim in the coming weeks.
For a long time, the Executive Board was optimistic that it would be able to fulfil the wish of many students and teachers for more face-to-face events. However, due to the dynamic occurrence of infections, the attendance time at the university is being reduced more than planned.“
„Many things are different this year. I usually welcome our new students on campus or in the Stadthalle; talk about the great learning atmosphere in our buildings. I very much regret that our students cannot come to 'their' university in Bottrop or Mülheim," explains Prof. Dr.-Ing. Susanne Staude, president of Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences.
Teaching will initially be digital until the end of 2020. There will be synchronous and asynchronous offers, only a few internships can be offered in small groups.
The lecturers record their lessons, set their slides and scripts to audio. They will also offer consultation hours, and joint video conferences will be used to calculate statistical tasks, for example. "Some formats have worked well in the online summer semester. I will use these again," explains Prof. Dr. Christian Weiß, Dean of Faculty 4 and Head of the Institute for Natural Sciences. He wants to adapt and optimise others. For example: actively solicit feedback from students in his online courses. Both he and his colleagues lack a direct exchange with the students. Just as many students lack learning on campus and the structure in everyday life.
This feedback was also given to the lecturers at the Institute of Economics. Therefore, the Institute of Economics decided to make attendance experiments possible in at least one of the compulsory internships - while observing the rules of hygiene and with some organisational adjustments. In the "Technical Diagnostics" module of the Bachelor's programme in Business Administration - Industrial Services Management, practical units such as ultrasonic testing, infrared thermography and vibration measurement are carried out 'in presence'. These units are also offered with a different specialisation in the module "Maintenance Planning and Control" of the master's programme Technical Production Management. By means of these non-destructive tests and suitable metrological approaches, the students are able to practically grasp the topics of plant monitoring and early fault detection during maintenance. The feedback from the business administration students of the online summer semester had shown that the practical application was very much lacking.
Orientation weeks facilitate study entry
In order to facilitate the transition to the university and the entry into the study programme, the HRW offered three orientation weeks in October. The online and on-site offerings were very well received - according to feedback from the student service. They offered the opportunity to start studying more easily, to get to know fellow students, to attend preliminary courses in mathematics and physics, to experience the HRW "live" for one or two days. "We are happy about everything that is not digital," said the freshmen who were on campus. This is also confirmed by Christian Nitz, who coordinated the study entry phase. More than 500 freshmen accepted the offers and were at both locations. "The preliminary physics course was repeated several times, offers were posted online and additional video conferences were set up.
The students adhered to the hygiene regulations, wore masks in the lecture hall and only three or four of them were on campus, in the laboratories or the library.
"It is a pity that we have to further restrict the hybrid concept originally planned. We want to take into account our educational mission on the one hand and the responsibility in containing the pandemic on the other. We wish all students a good start into the winter semester," affirms President Staude.
The lecture period starts on 2 November 2020 and ends on 12 February 2021, after which examinations and exams will be held during the lecture-free period.
INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
From 2.11. the library will also offer its services in digital form only. This means "contactless book distribution" - books are ordered in the catalogue, students are informed by e-mail and an appointment is made to pick them up. The online bookable learning areas in the Mülheim canteen or the library on the Bottrop campus will continue to be available for the time being.
Unfortunately, the Student Service Centre will have to close again and from 2.11. 2020 will again provide services exclusively by telephone and e-mail.
Mensa & Cafeteria
The cafeteria (Mensa) in Bottrop remains closed. Information on the opening of the Mülheim cafeteria will follow.