Johannes Kretzschmar offering a digital photonics workshop.

Digital Teaching

Digital teaching is a vital part of our education concept.
Johannes Kretzschmar offering a digital photonics workshop.
Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Digital teaching at the Abbe School of Photonics

Digital photonics lecture. Digital photonics lecture. Image: Steffen Walther.

Digitalization and international digital collaboration have become essential prerequisites for excellence in future academic education and research. It is forecasted that physical mobility may be increasingly replaced by intelligent mobility – a mixture of physical and digital presence. At our school, a digital teaching team works exactly towards the realization of this plan. Even prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are engaged in enabling collaborative digital teaching, for example within our project digiPHOTON funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Strong support and synergies are created by our collaboration with the exc ellent equipment and the experts of the Digital Teaching Lab of the Max Planck School of Photonics. All our digital teaching activities fulfill a twofold purpose. On one hand, we provide support for our faculty in their basic teaching activities, including didactic and technical aspects of digital education, such as course design, technical realization and broadcasting. On the other hand, we are working on solutions for pertinent challenges of digital education, such as hybrid photonics laboratories at different locations.

Jari Domke demonstrating ASP's streaming setup.
The digiPHOTON project works to develop the international M.Sc. Photonics program into a truely hybrid study mode

The Glocal Campus: Open-source Education with International Partners

ACP PI Gerhard Paulus offering an online lecture on Experimental Physics. ACP PI Gerhard Paulus offering an online lecture on Experimental Physics. Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Our School is currently networking with national and international partners to build up a pool of mainly open-source online educational tools for photonics. One of our prime partners is The Glocal Campus. It is a joint project of the FSU Jena (Intercultural Business Communications; University Hospital), the Bauhaus Universität Weimar (Media Studies) and the Technical University of Ilmenau (Computer Science). The project aims at international networking of digital teaching and research through joint projects and inter-university lecture series, as well as promotion of cross-border cooperation between students and teachers in joint courses.

 

Open Photonics Lectures for Anybody

Prof. Rick Trebino, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, USA. Prof. Rick Trebino, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, USA. Image: Sandia Labs

In addition, we are collaborating with Prof. Rick Trebino (Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, USA), an international expert in ultrafast optics and spectroscopy and highly committed to teaching. For quite some years, Prof. Trebino has been developing high-quality courses of PowerPoint lectures for four college-level optics and physics courses, complete with pictures, movies, animations, and derivations.This material is provided on his website and fully open to every student, teacher, and lecturer for use and distribution.