02. April 2020 News
Bottrop / Mülheim an der Ruhr, 02 April 2020: The Presidential Board of the Hochschule Ruhr West currently assumes that regular classroom teaching will not be possible after 20 April 2020. Therefore, the HRW is making preparations to start a digital summer semester.
"Our goal is to enable students to have a successful semester. Lecturers will offer their lectures and exercises online. In doing so, they will also ex-periment with the digital possibilities and find out what works well and what helps the students to learn", explains Prof. Dr. Susanne Staude, President of the HRW. There is a good reason why the Hochschule Ruhr West is a presence university and will remain so. But the corona crisis has given a strong boost to the digital university.
Staude emphasises "that HRW, as a young university, is equipped with modern facilities and has a modern IT landscape; the teaching staff are largely online. Even before the crisis explanatory and instructional videos online or digitalized their lectures and exercises. Above all the IT Services and E-learning teams are doing a great job right now, supporting all HRW members to the best of their ability".
However, the HRW President sees a challenge in how students, and also teachers, structure their everyday online study. This is therefore an important offer to the students: They should come forward with suggestions, questions and feedback, but also with concerns. "Contact your teachers, the course administrators, the student advisory service, the examination office, the psychological counselling service, the Vice-President for Studies and Teaching or me directly", offers Staude.
All students should have the chance to complete their semester and continue their studies. They will be given the opportunity to collect credit points, to write homework and seminar papers, and especially oral exams can take place online. In principle, there is also the chance to continue studying without delay.
"It is a special situation and it will not be easy for everyone. That is why we want to reduce the pressure. If examinations are a failure at the end of the semester, they will not be scored - not even in the test count", explains Susanne Staude. Students should not suffer any disadvantages in this particular situation.