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Studies and Teaching

On-site operation

Since 20 Au­gust, the 3G rule applies to all events and courses. This means that currently only vaccinated, recovered or negatively tested persons are allowed to attend events at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. However, the 2Gplus rule (indoors) applies to practical sport courses as part of the teaching studies in the subject of sport, in the minor subject of sport or in rehabilitation sciences, i.e. only vaccinated or recovered persons may participate, who additionally have a current ne­ga­ti­ve test certificate of an antigen rapid test. As of 13 January, the testing obligation is waived for boostered participants (third vaccination respectively second vaccination in the case of „Johnson & Johnson vaccine“) or persons in whom an infection was detected by PCR test within the last three months, although they were previously fully immunized. Transitionally, ne­ga­ti­ve PCR test certificates may also be submitted as a substitute for immunization. The 2G rule still applies to outdoor sports.For more in­for­mation, please visit the website of the Department of Sports and Sport Science.

Those who have their 2G status (vaccinated/recovered) checked at the check-in points can obtain a di­gi­tal access authorization in the TU app for the checks on campus (or alternatively a sticker in exceptional cases). Green checkmarks are no longer issued in the TU app for test certificates. At central building entrances, security personnel are checking the green checkmarks or stickers (in the "fast lane") or the test certificates (in the "slow lane"). In smaller buildings where the security service does not carry out checks at the main entrance, teachers must check the 3G status of students in their courses. 

A ne­ga­ti­ve antigen test result must not be older than 24 hours, a ne­ga­ti­ve PCR test result not older than 48 hours. Self-test results are not accepted.

More in­for­mation about the 3G controls

Yes: The Winter semester 2021/22 could partly start in presence again. Despite the tightening of the Co­ro­na protection measures, the state govern­ment currently adheres to the principle of offering students as much classroom teaching as possible. Nevertheless, there is also the need to limit contacts in view of the dynamic infection situation. The Ministry of Culture and Science has therefore allowed universities in the new regulation to reduce the classroom teaching of individual courses to at least a quarter on a transitional basis. The guiding principle is to maintain as much classroom teaching as possible and justifiable, if possible accompanied by hybrid formats. Such hybrid formats can be implemented through live broadcasts or video recording. The ITMC provides the fa­cul­ties with the necessary technical equipment for this purpose.

Yes, according to the Co­ro­na Protection Ordinance, masks must also be worn at the seat during lectures and semi­nars. In this way, seat neighbors are protected in the event of a vaccination break­through. Although vaccinated people are less likely to become infected and less likely to fall ill themselves, they are just as contagious as unvaccinated people in the event of an infection. Vaccination therefore does not protect against infecting others. A mask, on the other hand, does offer this protection.

Since 4 October 2021, the Uni­ver­sity Library has returned to its normal opening hours. TU mem­bers can visit the library under the 3G rule (vaccinated, recovered, tested). External visitors to the uni­ver­si­ty library are subject to the 2G rule, i.e. they must be vaccinated or have recovered. The proofs of status will be checked at the entrance.  As for all TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity buildings, masks are compulsory – even at the workplace. 

  • Central Library: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
    • Service hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Emil-Figge Library: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Service hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The individual workplaces and the group work area are open for use again. TU mem­bers can book the group study rooms again via the website of the Uni­ver­sity Library

It’s also planned to extend the hours of operation of the departmental libraries on South Cam­pus as soon as possible. The current opening hours are:

  • Departmental Library of Architecture and Civil Engineering: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Departmental Library of Spatial Planning: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The SRG (Se­mi­nar­raum­ge­bäu­de), where learning spaces are also available, is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 8 pm.

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. Currently, these rooms are being 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.

As another option, students can ask the teachers of the on­line course if they have booked a room or lecture hall on campus. In this case, they can also participate in the on­line course from the room or lecture hall within the available Wifi capacity. Teachers can inform their students via Moodle whether and if so, which room they have booked for on­line courses.

Organizational matters

For many ­study programs at TU ­Dort­mund­ Uni­ver­sity a transfer to the Master's degree was possible­ at any time before the ­Co­ro­na crisis. This regulation has been extended to all degree programs since the summer semester 2020. The only exception is for students of teacher studies: Here, the change to the Master's degree program have to take place by 15 January 2022. Please note: Students of teacher studies who subsequently want to start their internship semester must already have changed their degree program by 5 No­vem­ber 2021.

The individualized standard program duration for all students enrolled in the summer semester 2020 and/or the winter semester 2020/2021 and/or the summer semester 2021 is increased by one semester each. If the standard program duration has already been increased by one semester for the summer semester 2020, it will be increased by a further semester if the concerned students were also enrolled or admitted to TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity in the winter semester 2020/2021. The same applies to the summer semester 2021. In this way, the ne­ga­ti­ve ef­fects of the restricted teaching schedule for students can be mitigated. The increase in the individualized standard period of study is also accompanied by an extension of the maximum BAföG period.

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.

Examinations

The new Co­ro­na Epidemic Uni­ver­sity Ordinance published on 1 December again allows di­gi­tal exa­mi­nations in this winter semester. In addition, the new ordinance again opens up the possibility for the Rectorate, in consultation with the departments, to issue further regulations to make the upcoming examination period more flexible. The Rectorate will now initiate discussions with the departments and update the Co­ro­na Ordinance of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity accordingly. Further in­for­mation can be found in the sections „Higher Education Law“ and „Digital exa­mi­nations“.

In general, masks must be worn during the exa­mi­nations in classrooms. TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity strongly recommends wearing a mask also in those cases for which the Co­ro­na Protection Ordinance allows exceptions from the mandatory wearing of masks. (Such an exception would be, for example, exa­mi­nations where it is known that only immunized persons take part and the minimum distance can be maintained).

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity  is currently opening up the possibility of ­conducting­ oral exa­mi­nations via video con­fe­rence. ­Beyond this, the Co­ro­na Protection Ordinance allows to conduct oral exa­mi­nations as face-to-face events. A guide for video exa­mi­nations is available in the Service­Portal.

The scanning service of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity can assist with digitization. For this purpose, teachers must notify the scanning service in advance by e-mail of the number of exams to be scanned and the date on which the exams are to be inspected, with at least one week's notice. The exams can be brought to the scanning service (Chem­is­try Building C2-02-501) from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 1 pm. Please note: Documents must be delivered bundled in a sealed package. For stapled exams, the staples must all be in the same corner. Please only deliver documents that are intended for inspection and also include an info in the box as to which email address the scans should be sent to afterwards.

Contact:
Scanning Service
Chem­is­try Building C2-02-501
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Phone: (0231) 755-2062
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