Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Strengthen university teaching through digitalisation – RWTH works with partners in the „Innovationscluster E-Assessment“

July 29th, 2021 | by

Copyright: Martin Braun

A central issue at universities is to create the best possible examination conditions for students and to support lecturers. In recent years, more and more examinations have been conducted as e-assessments, and Corona has accelerated this trend. The aim of the new innovation cluster is to promote more student-friendly examination scenarios by further developing e-assessment formats such as “Dynexite” and “ILIAS” with a focus on diversity equality, competence orientation, interdisciplinarity and time flexibility in the course of semesters and studies.
For example, hybrid examinations should be possible, integrating analogue and digital processing. The aim is also to make examinations more flexible; students can then take an examination within a specified time window. An examination cockpit supports teachers with recommendations for didactic development and iterative improvement of examinations.

RWTH Aachen University is working together on this in sub-projects. Under the direction of  Professor Dr. rer. nat.Dirk Uwe Sauer , the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives is working on making the examination phases more flexible.

The overall project management is in the hands of Dr. phil. Malte Persike from the RWTH’s Centre for Teaching and Learning Services, who is working on the adaptation and further development of competence-oriented task formats for e-examinations. The teaching and research area of Computer Science 9 (Learning Technologies), headed by Professor Dr.-Ing. Ulrik Schroeder, focuses on the integration of domain-specific examination tools in “Dynexite” and their adaptability to the e-examination system “ILIAS”. Here, task formats for Python- and R-code are being developed and an examination cockpit is being programmed to improve examination quality.

The “Innovation in der Hochschullehre” Foundation (Innovation in University Teaching) is funding the joint work of RWTH Aachen University, Cologne University of Technology, the Distance-Learning University Hagen and the German Institute for Adult Education with about 2.3 million euros.

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