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E-Learning at the CeBiS

Defining E-Learning

"The use of the term varies widely. Its meaning ranges from creating simple HTML pages to developing complex virtual multimedia learning environments. Here e-learning is used as a generic terms that includes all computer-based teaching and learning offerings that are independent of time and space."

 (Andreas Breiter, Arne Fischer, Herbert Kubicek, Christian Wiedwald in their book Organisatorische Einbettung von E-Learning in Hochschulen, [The organizational embedding of e-learning in institutions of higher education], 2004)

CeBiS understand the term e-learning fairly broadly as the creation and use of multimedia teaching and learning environments with all their widely differing pedagogical, organizational and technical aspects and forms.

Based on this understanding, CeBiS aims at technically and didactically supporting all instructors, staff members and students.

Blended Learning Scenarios! What's That?

Some people work very well with new media and use them for their learning because they are able to independently work out tasks and assignments. Needing more personal attention, other people need instructors who provide well-structured guidance through assignments.

Teaching and learning processes need in any case be well coordinated and address different learning types. In many cases, an interleaving of regular on-campus classes and online phases is well suited to achieve good learning results. (This is also called blended learning.)

A good example for this is the online-supported mathematics preparation course for the part-time and cooperative degree programs at the engineering faculty. The course has been designed as a blended learning scenario. Once a week, the course meets on campus for five hours. This time is devoted to discussing assignments and problems from the online phase. Towards the end of the on-campus meeting, a new topic or new assignments are introduced. The course extends over a period of four weeks and consists of four on-campus and three online phases. The course evaluation showed that this interleaving was highly successful.

CeBiS Offerings

Creating high-quality scenarios for implementing e-learning and specific learning modules is costly in terms of time and money. On average, an hour of online content that is based on complex materials requires about one hundred hours of preparation. This may sound off-putting; nonetheless e-learning comes in many shapes and opens up many excellent opportunities if it is being thoroughly developed and competently implemented.

If you have questions, desires or specific ideas, CeBiS is happy to support and assist you. There's always an open door for anyone who wants to know more or is in need of help.

We will be glad to consult with you on how to implement your ideas or to cooperate with you in developing an idea that suits your needs. We won't desert you once the consultation and development process has been completed but are ready to assist you during the introduction of e-learning in your courses if desired. Only carefully developing such offerings will lead to a high-quality and successful instructional units.

For all of RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, CeBiS is in charge of the maintenance and support of the Stud.IP and ILIAS learning platforms.

Engineer Eric Laubmeyer is happy to receive your questions as well as suggestions and critical feedback by mail. We are looking forward to your using our offerings.

Malihe Brensing, Certified Physicist
Am Brückweg 26
65428 Rüsselsheim

Phone: +49 (0)6142 898-4384
Fax: +49 (0)6142 898-4320
E-mail: malihe.brensing[at]hs-rm[.]de

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Hochschule RheinMain
University of Applied Sciences

 

Faculty of Engineering
Am Brückweg 26
65428 Rüsselsheim

Phone: +49 (0)6142 898-0
Fax: +49 (0)6142 898-4651