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Project duration 01.10.2022 - 30.09.2025

Parallel Virtual Semester Zero at Universities in NRW – Learning-Theoretical Evaluation

In the collaborative project, TU Dortmund University, University of Wuppertal and RWTH Aachen University develop a “Parallel Virtual Semester Zero at Universities in North Rhine-Westphalia (beVinuS.NRW)”. This should enable students to refresh and expand their scholastic competencies in a targeted manner through digitally supported teaching and learning opportunities in parallel to their studies their studies with the goal to enhance study success and prevent students from dropping aus. Within this joint project, the IFS is responsible for the evaluation of these teaching and learning opportunities based on learning theory.

A cooperation project recommend by: Digitale Hochschule NRW & Funded by: Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rine-Westphalia

Project description

Young people entering higher education often bring different levels of competencies from school. To study successfully, however, sound school knowledge is an essential prerequisite. This is where the beVinuS.NRW project comes in: TU Dortmund University, together with BU Wuppertal and RWTH Aachen University, will develop digitally supported teaching and learning opportunities that will enable students to check their level of competence using digital self-tests and to acquire or refresh the competencies required for the respective degree program through digital supplementary courses in parallel to their studies.

Grüner Schriftzug des Projektnamens beVinuS.NRW

The aim is for the courses to be credited as additional academic achievements, so that the supplementary courses can be used neutrally with respect to funding via the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG).

The task of the IFS is to accompany the project from the perspective of learning and motivation science. For instance, the digital teaching and learning opportunities will be evaluated through surveys and interviews with students and instructors as well as analyses of the actual usage behavior of different target groups in order to optimize the offers and their use. In addition, the extent to which the offers lead to the desired learning successes among students will be examined. As learning motivation and self-regulation play a central role for the use of digital study offers, the motivation to use the offers will also be investigated and ways to promote motivation and self-regulation will be tested.

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.