Home sweet home office. Due to COVID-19, all face-to-face events at the HKS – University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Ottersberg are suspended for the time being. Since I work a lot from Berlin, many of my work processes, methodology consultation hours and working with colleagues run digitally or by phone anyway. Except for the use of e-learning platforms, which make the organization of teaching significantly easier, my seminars and lectures have so far been designed quite analogously. In any case, the current situation is a good reason to further develop my digital teaching. Perhaps the current state of emergency at least promotes the digitization of academia and teaching.
open educational resources
Many experts are ready to share their knowledge freely and we are once again benefiting from Open Science in terms of Open Educational Resources. I have put together links, digital tools and materials that I came across in the course of my research in this blog post.
technical tools for webinars
An alternative to the well-known Skype is the multi-platform application Jitsi.org. It not only allows conversations for 2-3 people, but also enables video conferences and webinars with 2-200 people. From small seminars to lectures to conferences, it is extremely practical. Another bonus: Jitsi.org is open source.
contemporary pedagogy in school and university
The Edunauten is a German-speaking platform aimed at teachers in both school and university operations. You can register free of charge for the collaborative “non-course” for online learning, which is not based on frontal teaching. Instead, all those involved contribute questions and ideas and collaboratively design a FAQ online learning that the edunauts sort, structure and curate.
link and tool collection
When it comes to digitization in a German university context, the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung must be mentioned. Since 2014 it has been a think tank that orchestrates the discourse on higher education in the digital age. As a central initiator, it informs, advises and networks actors from universities, politics, business and society. Under What to do when the university closes? there is a link and digital tool collection for e-learning in university teaching.
online methodology, gender and strategies for active participation
The Kiron Open Higher Education actually offers refugees the opportunity to study digitally free of charge with accredited degrees if this is not yet possible due to an unresolved residence status or other difficulties at regular universities. She has now put together some of her informative videos under Teaching in times of Corona virus. From online methodology to strategies for active participation to gender issues, you will find information on what you should consider as an online teacher.
from the living room to the lecture hall
Finally, the journalistic website The Chronicle of higher Education offers a collection of articles for free download under how to keep teaching during coronavirus. This is all about questions like where to start with online teaching to how my living room becomes a lecture hall.
You can find more tips from other colleagues on Twitter via #coronaedu. Do you have any other tips and materials? Write them in the comments.