Work Packages according to Program Goals
The activities in the proposal encompass measures to improve staffing, the qualification and further qualification of the staff, and the further optimization of study conditions, that support RWTH Aachen's strategy for teaching.
Earlier and Additional Appointments for Improvement to Mentoring Relationships
Earlier and additional appointments with a high reference to teaching are expected to improve the mentoring relationship in the subjects streched to full capacity. Two professorships in economics specifically for industrial engineering, one professorship in mathematics as a service provide for engineering, and professorship in mechanical engineering for the fundamentals will be established. The workload in economics is 126 percent, 160 percent in mathematics for engineering, and 147 percent in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering.
New Hires for Advising and Mentoring Student Applicants
The hire of non-academic staff is intended to improve the transition from school to university. A coordinating unit will be established at the Student Advice Centre for the creation, coordination, and management of a school service at RWTH Aachen. The office will simultaneously serve as the intersection for prospective student advising in collaboration with the schools and faculties.
Furthermore a position will be created for the coordination and communication of the EDULAB, an integrated center of school student laboratories with a particular focus on obtaining female school students for the STEM subjects. These students get glances at the natural sciences and engineering through the specially equipped experiment rooms.
One employee will be hired for the development and evaluation of a subject-specific Self Assessments in selected subjects in order to provide targeted support in choosing a course of study in combination with recommendations from advising services.
Within the framework of the Aachen Mentoring Model, highly qualified academic staff are necessary for the implementation of comprehensive mentoring conversations in individual faculties and departments in order supervise students with a particular need for advising. These students include those who did not acquire two thirds of the credit points in past semesters and students who are part of the best ten percent. Successively, the inclusion of students from the middle range of achievement is planned in order to enable accompaniment throughout studies.
Center of Excellence in Academic Teaching, ExAcT for short
With ExAct, a subject-culturally tailored qualification program will be developed for the regular and systematic qualification of the entire teaching staff, particularly for the natural and engineering sciences that often have highly specific media and technical demands and large numbers of students. Aside from the interdisciplinary teaching trainings for new teaching staff, the further education program consists of the basic module, target group adaptive offers, so-called intensive modules, intensive professional coachings with video recordings and visits to classes, and individual teaching coaching. The courses will be offered as electives for all teachers, that is all 2500 academic staff members and 400 professors.
Media for Learning, MfL for short
The Media for Learning service unit, MfL for short, supports RWTH instructors with the design, implementation and quality management of electronic teaching and examination formats and advises on the pedagogically sound integration of eLearning and digital media components in traditional classroom teaching. MfL produces videos, in which is attractive as a means to capture lecture content and present direct instruction. Furthermore, the Unit develops web applications, such as educational games, and continues to enhance its electronic exam platforms. Electronic tests and exams can be scheduled at any time during the semester as voluntary or mandatory course components. MfL provides lecturers and instructors with information on all possibilities and requirements and offers support in technological, organizational, and pedagogical questions.
Quality Management in Learning and Teaching
The expansion and professionalization of the existing quality assurance system into a holistic Quality Management in Learning and Teaching will take place in order to review the goals and whether they have been attained. Priority is placed on the optimization of the present system through the further development of planning data and the expansion and inclusion of tools such as the anchoring of quality indicators as central control perameters.
In the particular interest of students, one person is needed to support teaching and examination management, who will optimize the event and examination planning, including the organization of lecture hall use.