Lectures serve as a natural meeting place for students and teachers to easily enter into a transnational exchange. For this project shared lecturing material are combined from pre-existing lecturing resources of the partners and jointly adapted for shared remote teaching. The Shared Distributed Lecture project
result will define the building block approach for a combination of course elements, which are the actual lecturing parts (for abstract presentation of knowledge), the lab exercises (for hands-on exercises), the on-site visits (for an impression of the related environment) and small student projects (for a self-organized application by students). The project result also propose four different modules, according to the specific expertise and background of the partners, and the respective lecturing material,
The results serve as an umbrella for a combination of lectures, lab exercises, on-site visits and student projects.
Within this project the approach and material of the four shared lectures will be each validated during immediately following teaching activities by at least two teachers of two partners. The need for the foreseen course development was made obvious by Covid-19 pandemic experiences that clearly indicated the deficits of conventional teaching material and approaches when applied to remote teaching. Experiments with mixed student groups as part of internationalization measures indicated further systematic shortcomings. Therefore, based on pre-existing content and lecturing units, specific material that is suitable forremote shared lectures shall be developed.
Lecturing materials developed during this task are mainly syllabus and slides (and related teaching media), as well as guidance to (optionally) integrate the other course elements and foster interaction among remote students and between remote teachers and students. Depending on the course objectives and circumstances, the actual lecturing material may optionally be complemented by the project results on virtual labs, virtual onsite visits and student projects (which are part of other activities of this project). The activity targets lecturers who are interested in remote teaching of transnational and possibly transdisciplinary student groups, as well as students interested in participating in transnational collaborative learning. The innovation of the course material results, among others, from the building block approach that allows for a small-grain combination of lecturing elements with micro-activities that require collaboration within distributed student teams. The approach also makes use of gamification elements like communication schemes as typical for respective collaborative games. 200+ students will be the first direct beneficiaries during the four test lectures and the summer schools. Since it is planned to make available the material through the respective dissemination events and over the project web page it shall serve as a best practice template for a large number of lecturers.
Transferability of the approach is an important aspect of the material and as such a motivation for the building block approach and (mostly) free combination of teaching elements. By respective combination of the provided materials, courses for about 4 to 12 weeks can be built.