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Faculty-Wide Initiative to Promote Open Education Resources – OER

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The Faculty of Civil Engineering launched an OER initiative, consisting of a YouTube channel on which short videos on selected research projects and teaching content are regularly published under a CC 4.0 BY licence. This initiative which was started in 2016 during the first phase of the digitalization strategy aims to create more acceptance for open educational resources by providing relevant, high quality content.

The videos cover a broad spectrum of civil engineering disciplines and are accompanied by English text explanations. They range, for example, from small basic experiments in the field of water management to complex research projects in structural concrete. The conception and production of the videos is done in cooperation between scientific members of the respective institutes and the video studio team of the faculty, located in Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Ingenieurhydrologie.


Application of the MAPS method in Dynamics

Screenshot Modeling Applied to Problem Solving Copyright: © Chair of Structural Analysis and Dynamics Example of the digital task collection showing the interaction between basic calculation model and corresponding task

Lectures and exercises in the Dynamics course were completely revised following the MAPS (Modeling Applied to Problem Solving) teaching pedagogy, which has been developed and is used at MIT. The System, Interactions, and Model(s) (SIM) problem solving strategy is a central element of the MAPS pedagogy. Following this concept, all objects relevant for the system are first identified and assigned in hierarchically arranged models. Then all relevant interactions (e.g. forces or boundary conditions) are described with the help of a standardized procedure.

The resulting course structure and calculation models were integrated in MOODLE. In addition, electronic assignments based on the calculation models were prepared and made available in MOODLE. The new course structure promotes independent learning by helping the students to organize the material in a way that helps them solve the problems and further their exploratory skills.

The course revision was conducted by Doctor Altay in the Chair of Structural Analysis and Dynamics. He is also responsible for the curriculum of the Dynamics course. In order to enable transferability to other mechanics lectures, the other mechanics chairs were included.