08.07.2020: schnell-digital@fau – The corona crisis as an opportunity for digital teaching

In order to maintain teaching activities in times of Social Distancing and Home Office, the FAPS department makes use of a wide range of possibilities. Thanks to comprehensive, technical equipment and the unbroken ingenuity of the staff, it has not only been possible to secure further education for the students, but also to expand it. For the seven different lecture series with a total of more than 70 units, which were organized by the FAPS for the summer semester 2020, the digitization could be made 100% possible.
Approximately 1000 students will be reached with the digital contents related to production automation.
Thanks to the financial means of the ILI’s fund schnell digital, the project was technically enabeled. By means of a camcorder the lecturer is recorded during the lecture unit in the conference rooms of the department. In order to enable synchronous dubbing in addition to visual imaging, the audio signal is recorded separately and laied over the video line.
In addition to the video recordings, which are available via the fau.tv protal of the UNI or studOn and can be accessed by students around the clock, live streaming sessions are also offered at the FAPS to ensure interaction with the lecturers. Larger events such as Handhabungs- und Montagetechnik attracted more than 130 students in the stream at the start. Zoom was provided by the university as suitable streaming software.
The digital teaching will be maintained in further semesters at the FAPS and will be enriched with innovative teaching concepts and more interaction possibilities for the students. So it stays exciting.



Jonathan Fuchs, M. Sc.

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Institute for Factory Automation and Production Systems (FAPS, Prof. Franke)