RWTH was successful with six individual applications, three collaborative applications and as a joint project partner at the University of Potsdam in a call for proposals in Germany. The “Freiraum 2022” call for applications for ideas for teaching and learning came from the Foundation for Innovation in University Education. RWTH was the most successful university in North Rhine-Westphalia overall in this competition, which saw 204 individual applications approved in Germany and twelve collaborative applications and 45 individual applications approved in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Calls for the “Freiraum” funding line were first announced in 2022. The funding line is intended to promote innovative teaching and learning projects at German universities on an annual basis in the future . The line is not centered on a specific topic and does not receive recommendations from university management as it is intended to give freedom for creative ideas to develop and experimental concepts to be tested.
At RWTH, the following projects are currently funded for a total of 2.4 million euros:
Algorithmic Battle, Henri Lotze/Professor Peter Rossmanith, Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences
Teaching and programming platform ROS-LP, Eike Stührenberg/Professor Sigrid Brell-Cokcan, Faculty of Architecture
Harnessing Spatial Data from Geographic Information Systems Using Virtual Reality Scenarios, Richard Gramlich/Professor Heribert Nacken, Faculty of Civil Engineering, and Professor Florian Wellmann, Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering
Support individual learning processes and trajectories by promoting action skills across teaching units in a mixed reality learning environment, Dr.-Ing. Christopher Brandl/Professor Verena Nitsch, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Video Learning – Using Video, Dr. phil. Katharina Böhnert/Professor Hans-Joachim Jürgens, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Tutorials for the course ‘Introduction to language teaching’, Professor Christian Efing, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences
“Physik.SMART” (joint application with FH Aachen), Professor Heidrun Heinke and Professor Christoph Stampfer, Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences
Additive Reality – Virtual, Hands-on Training in Digital Twins (joint application with FH Aachen), Moritz Kolter/Professor Johannes Schleifenbaum, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
3D multi-user hologram tables for innovative teaching in natural resource science and medicine (joint request with Uniklinik RWTH Aachen), Professor Bernd Lottermoser, Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering
Interdisciplinary teaching in the VR classroom (partner in this collaborative application led by the University of Potsdam), Professor Ulrik Schroeder, Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences