BITZ Sommerfest & Silicon Valley Program Alumni-Treffen am Donnerstag, 21. Juli 2022, ab 15:30 Uhr in Oberschneiding.
The time has come: After a two-year break, the European Campus Rottal-Inn (ECRI) is organising a summer party again. On Saturday, 9 July from 2 pm onwards, our official mascot, the panther Deggster, will be dancing on the campus grounds.
Both young and old guests will get their money’s worth at the summer festival. Whether at the children’s university on the topic of “Optical Illusions – Why we see what is not there” or at experiments in the ECRI labs, there are many exciting and new things to discover. If you want to learn more about the campus, you can take a guided tour of all areas of ECRI and ask questions about studying and teaching in Pfarrkirchen. There will also be various hands-on activities such as the magic ball, wonky wire or bagpipes at the Technology for Children stand, the IKAROS Virtual Reality Experience by the Techniker Krankenkasse and a reaction game by AOK. The Spielecafé der Generationen e.V. offers entertainment for all ages with a range of board games. One of the highlights is the human kicker, where, among others, the men’s team of TuS Pfarrkirchen e.V. will compete against the students. But all other football fans are also cordially invited to take part in the human foosball.
The physical well-being is also well catered for. The Mensa will be offering a variety of hot and cold food, with vegan and vegetarian options. Drinks will also be sold by the student organisation RESP e.V. There will be an international cakes sale, where all the proceedings will go to the Rottal-Inn Children’s Cancer Aid. You can buy coffee from the Lazy Cat Mobile. They will also sell some summery aperitifs.
The summer festival has special highlights starting at 7 pm with the ECRI band. After their performance the band Pinja Daunen will heat up the audience in the large tent with a mix of indie/rock/ska.
At the end of May, everything at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) revolved around the international. From intercultural training to live cooking, a colourful programme was offered during the International Weeks to promote cultural exchange.
According to Nathalie Banehr, the International Office team can look back on informative and entertaining International Weeks at all three study locations – Deggendorf, Pfarrkirchen and Cham. There were information events on summer schools and stays abroad for DIT employees. Students from the Master’s programme in Strategic and International Management offered intercultural training on Colombia, Brazil and South Korea. Many other events made the week a unique time: the student association ESN organised an International Dance Day and the international tutors offered a hike to Schwellhäusl. In Deggendorf, there was the Quiz around the World as well as the popular Erzählcafé. At the same time, the KULTURcafé took place at the European Campus Rottal-Inn. The Celebration of Cultures in Cham was a great success. The highlight for everyone was Taste the World as live cooking on Zoom. And for the first time, visitors from Pfarrkirchen came to the International Week. The participants of the Summer School of the Master’s programme Global Public Health visited the Deggendorf campus and took a tour through the city centre.
How did DIT students do with digital teaching in the winter semester? The conclusion of an internal survey was that the challenges were big, but nevertheless well mastered. And digital teaching is here to stay.
With the aim of further improving digital teaching at DIT, an online survey took place after the winter semester. All students at DIT were invited to give their opinion anonymously. In the end, more than 1,500 students voted. The quality of teaching at DIT was given an overall grad of 2.4. Compared to the first semester during the pandemic, the university was able to significantly improve the quality of teaching from the students’ point of view. Prof Waldemar Berg, Vice President for Teaching at DIT, knows the importance of this: “The quality of teaching is our backbone. To act innovatively and flexibly, our strength – thus the balancing act succeeded in pandemic times.”
The past autumn and winter were tough. Study conditions were once again under the strong influence of the pandemic. Short-term changes in the framework conditions were the order of the day: 3G, then 2G with digital offerings for unvaccinated students, shortly followed by switching to only digital teaching for everyone. It has now been established: the better students feel looked after by the teaching staff, the higher the quality in online studies is experienced. The same applied to the possibility of interaction. Being able to exchange ideas during a lecture, to learn with each other, has a great influence on a positive assessment of the teaching.
And where should it go in the future? The students appreciate the advantages of digital teaching and specifically want a sensible mix of digital and face-to-face teaching. On-site teaching at DIT should predominate. There is also a demand for more lecture recordings, followed by hybrid teaching (online & on-site teaching at the same time), live online lectures and the increased use of DIT’s learning management system. What becomes clear is: It is becoming increasingly important for students to gain more flexibility for their daily study routine. The “why” is gaining in importance – why which medium or which time makes sense at the moment.
A voucher was raffled among all participants, which Johannes Klier was able to secure. When he won, he revealed why it was important for him to take part in the survey: “Digital teaching will remain an issue in the future. That’s why it’s important to strive for improvements together.” DIT’s digital teaching offer, also in combination with face-to-face teaching, is constantly being improved. Currently, the Digitalisation & Innovative Teaching department is building a hybrid training lab for lecturers. In addition, DIT wants to provide students with even better support for self-organised learning.