Virtual copy of the ACP Plaza.

ASP Gather.town

Abbe School of Photonics now offers an opportunity for the students and lecturers in a digital twin environment of our real-world teaching facility in Jena: Gather.town!
Virtual copy of the ACP Plaza.
Image: Jonas Brandhoff

Gather.town is a video chat platform designed to make virtual connections in a more interactive and engaging way. Abbe School of Photonics now offers its students and academic staff the opportunity to come together in our tailor-made Gather.town environment called Abbe School of Photonics Gather.town.   

The ASP Gather.town was designed as the digital twin of the ground floor of the ACP building with all the rooms, labs, and common areas. This gives our students abroad a comprehensive impression of how the school looks like in real life. They are able to enter the environment with the avatars they have customized for themselves, walk around, communicate with their peers and lecturers through their webcams and microphones, access essential information about the ASP and the Photonics Master programme. In ASP Gather.town, one can screen the most recent job announcements in the Jena region and apply for a job in industry.

The lecturers hold the online seminars on Abbe School of Photonics Gather.town. They can share their screen with the students, work collaboratively on the whiteboard, and have office hours with the students – just like in real life! 

A typical lecture in the ASP Gather.town environment A typical lecture in the ASP Gather.town environment Screenshot: Falko Sojka

Gather.town serves as a key tool in ASP’s response to the Covid-19 restrictions and in the digitalization of the Photonics Master’s programme since it clears the way for digital teaching and learning, regardless of the location, family, health, or other personal circumstances of the students.

Currently we are working on the creation of several digital areas, that represent different sites of the ASP campus as well as the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which the students will encounter as soon as they come to Jena personally. If you want to learn more about the Abbe School of Photonics Gather.town, you can watch our promotional video:

Video: Elif Cevik

Contact

Falko SOJKA Falko SOJKA Image: Private

Dr. Falko SOJKA

Project team leader digiPHOTON
Phone:         +49 3641 9-47578
Email:          falko.sojka@uni-jena.de

Digitalization of the MSc Photonics course

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