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    “Didaktik-Werkstatt” 2023: Visualise, communicate, motivate

    The “Didaktik-Werkstatt” (didactics workshops) of the “Steirische Hochschulkonferenz” goes into the next round between February and June 2023. As teaching staff, you can receive comprehensive continuing education in five half-day workshops (all offered in German). More ...

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    “In love with Teaching”: Call for submissions

    We give a stage to being "in love with teaching" and good teaching practice at TU Graz in the context of an interactive teaching conference. Take the opportunity to present examples from your teaching practice and to exchange ideas with colleagues! More ...

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    Mentoring programme for pupils: VWA/diploma thesis support

    The mentoring programme, which has been running successfully at the University of Graz since 2015, will be held together with TU Graz for the first time this year. It involves students supporting pupils in writing their pre-scientific work (“VWA”) or diploma thesis. More ...

November

Didaktik-Werkstatt” 2023: Visualise, communicate, motivate

The “Didaktik-Werkstatt” (didactics workshops) of the “Steirische Hochschulkonferenz” goes into the next round between February and June 2023. As teaching staff, you can receive comprehensive continuing education in five half-day workshops (all offered in German):

  • Blended learning
  • Create good exam papers with little effort
  • Student Engagement
  • Visualisation in teaching
  • Speaking and voice

The programme is available for teaching staff of all Styrian higher education institutions, is free of charge and participants can receive a certificate for completion. You can find more information on this on the Website of Science Space Styria (in German).

Registration (11 November - 12 December 2022): via online form

“In love with Teaching”: Call for submissions

Does positive feedback from students make your "heart beat faster"? Do you put a lot of "heart and soul" into your teaching? Is forming good teaching-learning "relationships" important to you and do you want to pass on the "love” of the taught subject or maybe even "light a fire"?

We give a stage to being "in love with teaching" and good teaching practice at TU Graz in the context of an interactive teaching conference. Take the opportunity to present examples from your teaching practice and to exchange ideas with colleagues!

  • Call for submissions (Deadline): 12 December 2022
  • Event: 14 February 2023 (Valentine’s Day), 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Aula (auditorium) of TU Graz

Detailed info and submissions: TU4U

October

Teaching and Learning News: Winter semester 2022/23

In the Teaching and Learning News of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs you can find all kinds of relevant information for the start of the winter semester 2022/23.

Information for teaching staff (available on the TU4U intranet): changes in study law, events, continuing education/support offers, information on the mandatory evaluation of all courses, etc.

Information for students (available on the TU4U intranet): changes in study law, 2-factor authentication (2FA), u:book promotion for inexpensive hardware, support services and service points, etc.

SOS: Jumpstarting studies

In order to give first-year students at TU Graz a "101 of university", a new online course was created in cooperation with students, lecturers, internal/external experts and HTU Graz. The MOOC "Self-Organised Studying" supports a successful start to studies and is also relevant for students in higher semesters.

Six modules provide insight into the rights and duties of students, "Dos and Don'ts" in studying, time management and much more. If desired, individual modules can be completed instead of the entire MOOC, depending on the area of interest. The course is free available on iMooX, also with English subtitles for the videos.

Mentoring programme for pupils: VWA/diploma thesis support

The mentoring programme, which has been running successfully at the University of Graz since 2015, will be held together with TU Graz for the first time this year. It involves students supporting pupils in writing their pre-scientific work (“VWA”) or diploma thesis.

While mentees receive current research insights, research tips and the opportunity to get to know the campus for the first time, mentors profit from participating in further education and the mentoring itself by acquiring skills that benefit them in writing academic works during their studies. In addition, students receive three ECTS/semester for the freely selectable courses.

Application now possible: All details on the schedule and requirements (note: programme is offered in German)

August

Student Survey 2021: Final report

After the publication of all 5 sub-reports on the Student Survey 2021, an overall report (in German) was finalised, which has recently been made available on the Intranet TU4U.

It is a supplement to the sub-reports and provides in-depth analyses. The recommendations for action, which are based on the almost 1,400 student responses and are intended to initiate necessary further developments at TU Graz, are essential. The recommendations have been structured according to the five major topics surveyed (socio-demographic composition, motives for studying/ information/ orientation, study situation, COVID-19, inclusive culture).

Outlook: The first-year students survey 2022 ended in July. Publication of the results is planned for the winter semester 2022/23.

July

First Competitive Call for Teaching Infrastructure

With this call we would like to strengthen teaching by funding resources or costs that are needed for teaching. Preference is given to funding resources that are used by several institutes. Funding will be provided for 80 % of the costs of newly acquired infrastructure or comparable resources, with a self-financing share of 20 % of the costs.

  • Deadline for submissions: 19 September 2022

You can find all information and the submission form at tugraz.at/go/infrastructure-funding.

Workshop: From slides to OER

With the "ConvOERter", a new tool is currently being developed that easily converts presentation slides into open educational resources (OER). At the end of July, there will be two workshops for all those interested in gaining an insight into the topic of OER and the ConvOERter.

Workshop 1 (for OER beginners)

What are OER? How do I turn my set of slides into OER? What is the ConvOERter? Lubna Ali, PhD student at RWTH Aachen University, introduces beginners to the topic.

  • When: Monday, 2022-07-25, 9-12 a.m.
  • Where: Webex

Workshop 2 (on the ConvOERter)

Lubna Ali will introduce the CovOERter, which can be tried out during the workshop.

  • When: Thursday, 2022-07-28, 10-11.30 a.m.
  • Where: Webex

Registration for the workshops: tcnoSpam@tugraz.at

June

First-year students survey 2022

Currently, all Bachelor students who have enrolled in a degree programme at TU Graz for the first time in the winter semester 2021/22 or in the summer semester 2022 are being surveyed about their motives for studying, their study situation and much more. The participation of many first-year students is intended to reflect the situation of this group on the spot and enables us to further develop the university where there is a need.

In order to increase the response rate, it is kindly requested that the survey be mentioned in courses or at other events. A free-to-use slide on this is available on the Intranet TU4U. You can also find the collected results of the previous surveys (2020: First-year students survey, 2021: Student survey) under this link.

Open call: Project fund for teaching

You currently have the opportunity to support projects for the optimisation and further development of your courses via the "Project Fund for teaching". The open call is not subject to any thematic restrictions, the requirement is the implementation of the project in one or more courses from the academic year 2022/23 onwards.

If you have any questions, please contact vr-lehrenoSpam@tugraz.at.

Joint Online Courses: Call open until July 10!

Are you interested in developing an online or hybrid class with a colleague from a partner university? Then you will be happy to learn that TU Graz is launching a 2nd call for joint online courses to foster teaching cooperation with international partner universities.

We are looking for high-quality teaching concepts promoting intercultural learning by connecting students from different universities. Innovative digital technologies should be used for this purpose.

  • Funding: 3 x 15.000 €
  • Deadline: 10 July 2022
  • Target group: Junior lecturers (i.e. university assistants, and assistant professors). A professor/senior lecturer can act as coach in the project team.

Contact:

Barbara Boettger,
International Office - Welcome Center

Further information: Intranet TU4U

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