University: Future Festival

Tuesday, October 6 to Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Within the framework of the RWTH MyScore project, one of the subprojects is developing a software where 3D Virtual Reality in short VR scenarios can used for online teaching. The goal is to bring together the participants (lecturers and students) regardless of their physical location for joint teaching and learning activities in a VR scenario. For example, engineers from RWTH Aachen University can work together with prospective lawyers from Bucerius Law School to prepare a scoping appointment for the approval of a water management measure without having to travel themselves, or prospective environmental engineers can learn how to erect and dismantle mobile flood protection walls. Students of law can reduce their exam nerves by playing through tasks of the first state exam with examiners or prospective civil engineers can get feedback on their performance from a psychological perspective in a virtual citizens' appointment.

The presented software will be available after completion of the project as an open source solution to all interested universities. The designed 3D-scenarios will be available as open educational resources under a CC BY 4.0 license.

During the workshop, Professor Nacken will present the existing possibilities of the software and discuss with the participants about pros and cons of this option of online-based teaching and learning. He will present the possibilities of avatar based teaching and learning, which arise when using the open software that is being developed within the MyScore project. This will provide 3D VR scenarios that enable location independent collaboration between lecturers and students of different disciplines.