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Here, you will find news about teaching at TU Graz. Teaching at the university is a constantly evolving profession, whose members strive to offer the students the best possible education to prepare them for their future professional and academic career.

  • Students‘ discussion group for international students on 10 January 2017

    The students’ discussion group for international students will be hosted by Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Detlef Heck and the Welcome Center of TU Graz. More...

  • “Guided start“ at Lunch & Lehre (Lunch & Teaching) on 21 November

    On 21 November 2017 Lunch & Lehre (Lunch & Teaching) will take place, with a focus on Guided start for students and academic staff. More...

  • "Dialog zur hochschulischen Lehre" (held in German)

    What is essential to promote digital competence among students? How does teaching staff integrate digital media into their teaching? These and further points will be discussed at Dialog zur hochschulischen Lehre at TU Graz. More...

December 2017

Source: TU Graz

Students‘ discussion group for international students on 10 January 2017

The students’ discussion group for international students will be hosted by Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Detlef Heck and the Welcome Center of TU Graz.

The event will be held in English and is directed at international students and their needs regarding the academic affairs.

  • When: 10 January 2017, 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: BMTEG038 (Stremayrgasse 16, ground floor)

Please register your attendance at vr-lehrenoSpam@tugraz.at.

November 2017

Source: TU Graz

Students‘ discussion group on 13 November 2017

At the Students’ discussion group, students of TU Graz can speak to the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Detlef Heck, and the heads of his departments to exchange information on the newest developments in the academic affairs.

The focus of this event will be digitalisation.

  • When: 13 November 2017
  • Where: HS II, Rechbauerstraße 12, 1st basement level

Please register your attendance at vr-lehrenoSpam@tugraz.at.

Source: Science Space Styria

Studierende erreichen, motivieren und begeistern (How to reach, motivate and engage students) – Keynote speech by Joachim Bauer (held in German)

On 29 November 2017 Univ.-Prof. Dr. Joachim Bauer will give a keynote speech on How to reach, motivate and engage students: successful teaching and learning from a neuroscientific perspective.
The speech will be held in German and is the introductory event of the Didaktik Werkstatt of Steirische Hochschulkonferenz. Please register early, as there is a limited number of participants.

  • Registration deadline: 15 November 2017
  • When: 29 November 2017, 2 to 3.30 pm
  • Where: Aula of the University of Graz (Universitätsplatz 3, 8010 Graz)
  • Sign-up: It is only possible to sign up for the introductory event (Auftaktveranstaltung) as the workshops are already booked up. Link to the sign-up form

Further information: Didaktik Werkstatt by Steirische Hochschulkonferenz (in German)

Source: Lunghammer - TU Graz

Guided start at Lunch & Lehre (Lunch & Teaching) on 21 November (held in German)

On 21 November 2017 Lunch & Lehre (Lunch & Teaching) will take place, with a focus on Guided start for students and academic staff. Discussion will revolve around measures and ideas on how to guarantee a successful start into a study programme for students, or into a position at university with a teaching assignment for employees of TU Graz.

Once a semester, the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Detlef Heck, invites academic staff, students and administrative staff to exchange their ideas round teaching and learning in an open-minded atmosphere. The event will be held in German.

  • When: 21 November 2017, 11 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Auditorium (Aula) of TU Graz

Please register your attendance at vr-lehrenoSpam@tugraz.at.

More information about Lunch & Lehre (Lunch & Teaching) on our website and in the intranet TU4U.

Source: Baustädter - TU Graz

Dialog zur hochschulischen Lehre (held in German)

What is essential to promote digital competence among students? How does teaching staff integrate digital media into their teaching? Which chances and possibilities rise with the implementation of cooperative teaching methods and how can European initiatives be put into practice on a national level?

These and further points will be discussed at Dialog zur hochschulischen Lehre at TU Graz. The event will focus on digitalisation and digital competencies in higher education.

Screenshot of the iMooX Plattform, Source: TU Graz

MOOC for Austrian Copyright Law (in German)

In Cooperation with lawyer Mag. Michael Lanzinger, TU Graz offers a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about Austrian Copyright Law on iMooX. The course starts on 20 November 2017 and provides participants with and overview of relevant legal material.

Aside from the legal basis there are also going to be discussed real-world examples and aspects of Austrian copyright law. Since legislation cannot keep up with the newest technological innovations, there remain some grey areas of the law. Furthermore, legal aspects of e-learning and the private use of social media will be discussed. The course will be held in German.

Link to the course

To log in, click on the button on the top right and select TU Graz at Login with eduID. Then log in with your TU Graz account.

October 2017

Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz

Update of the guideline for programme planning, course administration and teaching assignments

The guideline Lehrplanung, Lehrerhebung und Lehrbeauftragung (programme planning, course administration and teaching assignment) has been updated. The update concerns the following aspects:

Aliquoting of teaching capacities:
The teaching capacities of part-time employees will be aliquoted in reference to the extent of employment. For example, university assistants with doctorate with a 50% extent of employment have a capacity of 2 semester hours (SSt) instead of 4 SSt.

Contribution to teaching of STUMA:
Furthermore, the guideline now contains a description on how the contribution of student assistants to teaching (STUMA) will be presented in the future.

You find the guideline (in German) in the Intranet TU4U: Guideline for programme planning, course administration and teaching assignment

Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz

New: Handbook for Academic Affairs in the Intranet TU4U

The Handbook for Academic Affairs is a collection of resources for the academic staff of TU Graz. It contains leaflets, instructions, legal information and general presentations of relevant matters concerning teaching:

  • Strategy of academic affairs
  • Studies
  • Courses
  • Examination
  • Finishing a study programme
  • Services for academic staff

The handbook (in German) can be found in the Intranet TU4U: Handbook for Academic Affairs
We are working on making the Handbook also available in English.

Source: Ingo Bartussek – Fotolia.com

New amendment of the University Act on 1 October 2017

The new amendment of the University Act covers, among other topics, the following issues or aspects:

  • Repetition of a successfully passed examination within 12 months (up until now 6 months) of the date the exam was originally taken, but not later than the end of the respective stage of the study programme or the programme as a whole.
  • Academic leave of absence:  If you apply for an academic leave, the leave will be active for all of your registered study programmes. If your study programme is a cooperation between multiple universities (Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering, NAWI Graz, Teacher Training Programme), the leave applies to all study programmes at all institutions. The leave of absence shall be applied for by the beginning of the respective semester, in case of unforeseen circumstances at the latest by the end of the extension period of the respective semester.
  • Endangerment of people: Furthermore, students can be expelled upon endangering members of the university in course of their study programme.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact vr-lehrenoSpam@tugraz.at

Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz

In-House-Training: Teaching at TU Graz

Employees of TU Graz can now sign up for the new in-house training Lehre an der TU Graz (Teaching at TU Graz). The course is directed at teaching staff, in particular at university assistants in their first year of employment, and gives an introduction to legal frameworks in teaching and to the implementation of digital technologies in teaching.

  • Date: 8 November 2017, all-day event
  • Topics: introduction to legal frameworks in teaching, implementation of digital technologies in teaching
  • Sign up until 23 October in TUGRAZonline under In-House-Training
  • The event will be held in German.
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LEHR-Stammtisch (Teachers‘ discussion group) on 25 October

On 25 October the well-known event LEHR-Stammtisch (Teachers’ discussion group) is going to take place again. At the event teaching staff can engage in an informal exchange on everything related to methodology and didactics in teaching. Input on subjects of interest, mini-workshops and first-hand reports will provide a basis for active discussions.

  • When? 25 October 2017
  • Where? BMT01046, Stremayrgasse 16, 1st floor
  • Topics: Implementation of digital methods in teaching

The event will be held in German.

Please register your attendance at vr-lehrenoSpam@tugraz.at 

More information on the website LEHR-Stammtisch (Teacher’s discussion group)

LEHR-Stammtisch (Teachers’ discussion group) in the Intranet TU4U

 

 

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Conference report of the conference about teaching, learning and researching in a foreign language

On 21 April TU Graz hosted a conference about teaching, learning and researching in a foreign language.

The following topics have been covered:

  • Legal and practical aspects of teaching, learning and researching in a foreign language in the higher education sector
  • Institutional strategic goals concerning the implementation of foreign languages
  • Consequences in the day to day life of students
  • Language competencies of outgoing and incoming students
  • Teacher training programmes in foreign languages

You can download the whole conference report here (in German): Tagungsbericht.

Source: Jürgen Kepeller

Funding for masters’ thesis and dissertations

With Ideen!Reich, Steirische Wirtschaftsförderung supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with up to 5.000 Euro funding for support of theses in course of a study programme.

Funding is available only if the institute or students charge the SMEs for their scientific work and goes to max. 5.000 Euro. Applications must be submitted before the start of the scientific work.

Contacts and further information (in German) can be found at Ideen!Reich from Steirische Wirtschaftsförderung

October 2017

Information mailing

Information about the winter semester 17/18 for students

Winter semester 17/18 has already begun and Detlef Heck, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, would like to bring some news and information to the attention of the students of TU Graz. Students can find all information in German and English, including the video, with German and English captions, in their inbox. Furthermore, you can download the full text here:

Information video for students

Information about the winter semester 17/18 for academic staff

Winter semester 17/18 has already begun and Detlef Heck, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, would like to bring some news and information to the attention of the academic staff of TU Graz. Members of the academic staff can find all information in German and English, including the video, with German and English captions, in their inbox. Furthermore, you can download the full text here:

Information video for academic staff

September 2017

A professor with safety glasses and protective gloves shows a laboratory sample to students. Source: Baustädter - TU Graz

Prize for Excellence in Teaching

The Prize for Excellence in Teaching will be awarded in the term 2017/18. It is awarded to a maximum of three teachers who demonstrate an outstanding level of commitment, an excellent didactic concept and above all who succeed in motivating their students. Additionally, the prize is also awarded to a maximum of three teachers in the category young teachers (in German: junge Lehrende).

You can find out more about the Prize and previous winners on our site Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Detailed information about the nomination and selection process in the Intranet TU4U (for employees and students of TU Graz)

Screenshot of the iMooX Plattform, Source: TU Graz

iMooX Relaunch and new courses on 6 September 2017

After technical upgrades and usability improvements, the MOOC-platform of TU Graz will be newly available to students, teachers and to all whom are interested on 6 September 2017.

iMooX was founded in 2013 in collaboration with Land Steiermark and University of Graz. Its Massive Open Online Courses have reached over 18.000 participants since Spring 2014.

There are already three new courses scheduled for autumn 2017:

  • Gratis Online Lernen (Learning Online for Free, taught in German)
  • Safer Internet (taught in German)
  • Learning To Code – Programmieren mit PocketCode (Learning to Code – Programming with PocketCode, taught in German)

If you feel that your german might not be sufficient there is the possibility to take two MOOCs about these topic from the programme of the past years.

Further information will be available on imoox.at on 6 September 2017.

Statue der Justitia, Bildquelle: pixabay

TU Graz statement regarding Ingenieurgesetz 2017 (IngG 2017)

With the amendment of Ingenieurgesetz (IngG 2017), the title Ingenieur has been declared level 6 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). This lead to the misconception, that individuals who hold the title Ingenieur could add a Bachelor‘s degree to their title.

TU Graz wants to clarify that bearer of the title Ingenieur are neither entitled to use the Bachelor’s degree, nor do they have the right to be directly admitted to a Master‘s degree programme.  The National Qualifications Framework solely aims at making different levels of education internationally comparable.

Download the full statement of TU Graz here (in German)

Read the official statement of TU Austria in the law-making process on the website of the parliament (in German).

Map of Europe with pins and cords, Source: pixabay

Event: Strategic Communication and Public Relations

On 11 November 2017 TU Graz will host an event about strategic communication and public relations for engineers, in collaboration with Public Relations Verband Austria (PRVA) and HTU. The event will be held in German and addresses students of TU Graz.

When? 11 November 2017, 10 am – 2 pm
Where? HS II, Rechbauerstraße 12, 1st basement level

Topics:

  • Introduction to strategic communication – Basics, role in the technical industry and impact
  • Insights from Austrian Airlines – how a technology-oriented company positions itself in their communication strategy

Speakers:

  • Dr. Ingrid Vogl (managing director of the scientific senate of Public Relations Verband Austria)
  • Mag. Peter N. Their (Senior Director Corporate Communications, Austrian Airlines)

Limited number of participants, please register your attendance early at vr-lehrenoSpam@tugraz.at.

Description of the event from PRVA (in German)

August 2017

Vice Rector Detlef Heck, Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz

Meetings with TU Graz institutes

In the beginning of August 2017 Detlef Heck, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs started visiting all 94 intitutes of TU Graz for first hand information as well as for discussing potential for development regarding learning and teaching. Similar to the existing dialogue formats the meetings aim at encouraging direct dialogue between the vice rector and the institute to gain a more in depth sight into day to day teaching.

All input will be collected, revisited and incorporated in the strategic advancement of teaching and learning at TU Graz.

Erzherzog Johann, Source: TU Graz

Scholarship for Gender and Diversity

The submission deadline for the Scholarship for Gender and Diversity has been postponed. Up until 29 September 2017 researchers, teachers and students can hand in their application to gain funding for their skills acquisition in gender and diversity know how or teaching content as well as for scientific papers with a gender or diversity aspect. There are five scholarships for each 1.000 €.

Submission deadline: 29 September 2017

Additional information (in German) is provided here: Gender- und Diversitätsstipendium 2017

General information about scholarships

Working Group for Equal Opportunitiesn

 

 

July 2017

Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz

Pilot project Student Mentoring at TU Graz

In the winter semester 2017/18 TU Graz will offer a student mentoring for the first time. Teaching staff and tutors will supervise freshmen and their first steps in the bachelor’s degree programmes Civil Engineering Sciences and Construction Management, Geosciences (formerly Earth Sciences), and Teacher Training Course for Secondary Education – Subject Computer Science.

Furthermore there is going to be a mentoring group for international students in the master’s degree programme Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering. The mentors for freshmen are selected professors of TU Graz.

In the course of the next years we plan to expand the programme.

Contact: vr-lehrenoSpam@tugraz.at

Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz

New English master’s degree programmes at TU Graz

From the winter semester 2017/18 onwards there will be three more English master’s programmes at Graz University of Technology: Physics and Technical Physics by NAWI Graz and Biorefinery Engineering. TU Graz now offers 14 master’s degree programmes taught exclusively in English.

Interested students who did not obtain their Bachelor’s degree at TU Graz or under the NAWI Graz scheme, there is a special admission procedure. The admission procedure for 2017/18 has already been completed, the application deadline for the academic year 2018/19 is 15 October to 15 December 2017.

Overview admission procedure

All master's degree programmes

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Directive for virtual teaching at TU Graz

The directive for virtual teaching and learning has been implemented and put into practice. Its implementation and successful execution will be based on three principles:

  1. Digital learning elements can be used at all times.
  2. Virtual teaching can be freely applied by the faculty to up until 20%.
  3. Virtual teaching can be anchored in the curricula to up until 100%.

Directive for virtual teaching (in German: Richtlinie Virtuelle Lehre)

Contact
Educational Technology
elearningnoSpam@tugraz.at

Source: TU Graz - Lena Gappmaier

Checklist Gender and Diversity

At TU Graz we consider diversity in our teaching. Students with different talents, educational background, language skills and learning experiences come together in our classes. Our checklist “Gender and diversity in teaching” aims at the faculty staff and offers key questions to reflect on how diversity can enrich their teaching. It also provides contact information for special inquiries and an overview of information about diversity and teaching.

For students and staff of TU Graz: Checklist Gender and Diversity in the Intranet TU4U

Contact
Gudrun HAAGE
Office for Gender Equality and Equal Opportunity
gudrun.haagenoSpam@tugraz.at