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Digital Summer Semester Starts on April 20

The summer semester 2020 will begin with lectures on April 20. The classes offered will mainly take place digitally. The students can find out more about the digital formats available from April 14 onwards.

Teaching at the University of Bremen will mainly take place digitally in the summer semester. “The University of Bremen is well prepared,” according to Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter, president of the University of Bremen. “At an early point in time, we started to turn our teaching into digital classes. However, it is still a great challenge for everyone – the students, the teaching staff, and the administration. We need cooperation, patience, and understanding for each other in this exceptional situation.”

Center for Multimedia in Teaching (ZMML) Well Equipped

In the past week, the faculties and their teaching staff intensely prepared themselves for creating teaching contents for online lectures or seminars so that as many classes as possible in the summer semester can be partially or completely taken online. Online services are being expanded by means of cloud services at short notice for this. In this way, it will be possible to offer seminars and also streamed lectures. “Thanks to our Center for Multimedia in Teaching (ZMML), we have a great opportunity to offer a digital form of learning. We want to make it possible for our students to have absolutely no disadvantages and to still advance well despite the corona crisis,” said Professor Thomas Hoffmeister, vice president academic. Teaching staff can find ideas and tips on how to implement digital learning/teaching scenarios on the ZMML website. Students can also find out how they can prepare in the best possible way there.

Thomas Hoffmeister emphasizes how important the communication between teaching staff and students is: “The week from April 14 should be used by both teaching staff and students to discuss the learning/teaching scenarios via the Stud.IP learning management system and to clarify in which way the classes will be held.”

Special Challenge for Large Classes

As a large number of the classes have high participant numbers and there are less fixed course associations, the University of Bremen is facing particular challenges. However, President Bernd Scholz-Reiter is optimistic: “We want students to have the best possible conditions for their degree. I am sure that we will master this challenge by teaching staff and students working together on this process.”


Slow Return to Face-To-Face Classes

Curbing the spread of coronavirus is of course the highest priority. As the further course of the epidemic is unknown, the University of Bremen is prepared to flexibly align the study operations with the valid infection protection measures in the coming weeks and months. “We cannot say when face-to-face classes will be possible again,” explained President Scholz-Reiter. “We simply cannot give a precise date on which the students will be able to work in the library again or when they will be able to partake in classes in the lecture halls and laboratories on campus.”



Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter

President of the University of Bremen der Universität Bremen

Phone: +49 (0)421 218-60011
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Professor Thomas Hoffmeister

Vice President Academic

Phone: +49 (0)421 218-60031
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