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Studies and Teaching

On-site operation

Teaching in the summer semester as a rule takes place in presence and may only be accompanied by di­gi­tal offers in justified and exceptional cases. In addition, the integration of di­gi­tal elements into classroom teaching is of course still possible. Teachers at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity can continue to provide hybrid offers, but are not obliged to do so. Face-to-face examinations will again be the rule in the Summer semester 2022. Examinations may be conducted in electronic form if this is appropriate and reasonable in justified cases.

It is strongly recommended to continue to wear a medical mask in the university buildings and during classroom teaching in order to protect all participants and especially the teachers from infection and thus reliably maintain the classroom teaching. This is particularly necessary because the teachers themselves are usually unable to wear an FFP2 mask when speaking loudly and understandably and are therefore unable to protect themselves. Those who wear a surgical mask thereby protect other persons in particular, while a well-fitting FFP2 mask offers a high level of self-protection at the same time. 

In order to protect themselves and others from infection, TU Dortmund University encourages all members to ideally wear an FFP2 mask during courses. The teaching rooms may be fully occupied; after all, extended attendance in classroom teaching would otherwise not be possible. Where room size permits, seats should be spaced out. In general, wherever possible, distance should still be kept indoors.

As of Monday, the 3G controls on campus will no longer generally apply, as the Infection Protection Act will then only stipulate such access restrictions for hotspots. TU Dortmund University recommends that everyone continues to make use of the testing offer. Since the incidence value of symptomatic cases is currently about the same among both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons in the age group of 18-59, this applies regardless of the immune status. 

At all individual learning spaces in the Central Library as well as in the Departmental Libraries, it is possible to participate in online lectures with laptops and headphones, as long as there is no talking and questions are asked via  chat, for example. Headphones with jack plugs are required to use the PC workstations. In addition, it is possible to participate in video meetings at the group work areas via laptops and headphones/microphones. An overview of available leaning spaces can be found on the University Library website.

TU members can book the group rooms again via the website of the University Library. These rooms have been equipped with video conferencing tools so that small groups can participate in video meetings together.

Please note that you always have to bring your own headphones/headsets.

Organizational matters

The individualized standard program duration won’t be increased again in the Summer semester 2022. Previously, the individualized standard program duration had already been increased for all students enrolled in the Winter semester 2021/22 and/or Summer semester 2020 and/or Winter semester 2020/2021 and/or Summer semester 2021.

Digital and hybrid teaching

Even before the Corona crisis, TU Dortmund University had digital platforms such as LSF and Moodle made available. In addition, the university has ­massively expanded its IT infrastructure in order to ­be able to broadcast ­lectures ­live and interactively, especially via Webex and Zoom. For this purpose, webcams are available for the departments; additional equipment can be borrowed from the ITMC equipment lending service. The ITMC has also procured cameras to facilitate the recording of lectures in the lecture hall by tracking the lecturer. ­Campus licenses for MATLAB, Zoom and Sciebo are available to students. Those who aim to enable online interaction in addition to passive participation can use chat functions, survey tools or digital whiteboards. You can find an overview of this on the portal „Digital Teaching“ (German only).Further ­information about campus licenses and downloads can be found in the ServicePortal.

The TU web portal „Digital Teaching“ provides an overview of concepts and tools, also on the topic of hybrid teaching. Handouts for digital tools can be found in Moodle. Since mid-January 2021, teachers have been able to access a steadily growing offer of support services in a second Moodle room. The Department of University Didactics of the Center for Higher Education (zhb) and the ITMC offer training courses on digital teaching. In addition, the ITMC, alternating with the UB, the zhb and the engineering didactics, offers office hours for digital teaching and ­learning daily from 2 to 3 pm. On Fridays, the focus is now on hybrid teaching. Dr. Katrin Stolz from the zhb Department of Academic Teaching & Faculty Development is happy to advise teachers personally, even at short notice. Likewise, Tobias R. Ortelt, the new Coordinator for Digital Teaching, is available to answer questions. Contact details and dial-in data can also be found on the portal „Digital Teaching“ (German only).

For technical questions, teachers (as well as students) can contact the ITMC ServiceDesk by e-mail as well as by phone (Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tel: 0231 755-2444).

No, the unauthorized recording of online events ­of TU Dortmund University ­and their distribution violate the copyright and personal rights of those involved and are therefore not permitted. TU Dortmund University reserves the right to take legal action in case of violations. Teachers can find information on the legal situation and recommendations for action ­in the ServicePortal.

Digital courses should not be subject to stricter rules than face-to-face courses. As in face-to-face events, attendance at digital events can also be documented using the names of the participants, provided that there is an obligation to attend. There are no additional requirements, such as switching on the camera.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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