Digital teaching at the Abbe School of Photonics
Digitalization and international, digital collaboration have become viable prerequisites for excellence in future academic education and research. It is forecasted that physical mobility may be more and more be substituted by intelligent mobility – a mixture of physical and digital presence. At our school, a digital teaching team works towards creating exactly these solutions. Not only since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are engaged at the forefront of 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 experts and excellent equipment of the Digital Teaching Lab of our prime partner, the Max Planck School of Photonics. All our digital teaching projects and activities fulfill a twofold purpose. On the one hand, we provide solid support for our faculty in their basic teaching activities. This includes every didactic and technical aspect of digital teaching, such as course format design, technical realization and distribution infrastructure. On the other hand, we are working on solutions for pertinent challenges of digital teaching, such as technically sound solutions for digital and remote collaboration in top-notch photonics laboratories and/or at different locations.
Photonics education in augmented, mixed and virtual reality
Our explorations in areas such as augmented-, virtual-, and mixed-reality applications for high-technology teaching are unprecedented in the academic field of photonics. In this way, we are linking a key German success field of technology to state-of-the-art teaching and training methods, enabling faster innovation cycles and higher standards among the future graduates of the school. The vibrant culture we create through our collaborations with makerspaces and student-driven development projects serves as an excellent model for how methods and content can be interlinked digitally and immersively to achieve a first-rate infrastructure for academic education in photonics.