What is MyScore?
In the context of the current pandemic, the limitations of face-to-face teaching, as well as those of hybrid approaches such as blended learning, have also become apparent at many German universities. The greatest disadvantage resulted from the location-dependency of these concepts. The widespread use of videoconferencing software and systems bridges the distances that the Corona crisis has put between teachers and students, but these approaches have their own limitations. The multi-faceted nature of face-to-face teaching cannot be fully represented by such applications, as the two-dimensionality of collaborative interaction cannot represent the true complexity and exchange in traditional teaching situations. Even outside the current global pandemic, especially with regard to international collaborations, the question arises as to what the future of digital teaching looks like and how it can promote exchange between learners and teachers even without presence.
The advantages of VR
Which scenarios are possible?
By June 2022, we will create a virtual representation of RWTH Aachen University for the DAAD.
The DAAD has the creation process documented by an agency.
Today we are launching a joint campaign with Bucerius Law School in Hamburg.
Two prospective lawyers from Hamburg and two prospective engineers from Aachen are each working on a joint case: the expansion of a flood retention basin.
They will present their findings to a planning commission in VR.
The Medical Interprofessional Training Centre of the TU Dresden would like to cooperate with us in the field of VR applications.
This means that from now on we will also be implementing areas of application from medicine.
The prorectors for internationalisation in NRW regularly exchange views on current topics.
This time, avatar-based teaching and learning was part of the programme.
There was a very interesting exchange of ideas and views.
The DAAD intends to have a VR representation of a German university created for international university marketing.
We were asked whether this could possibly be RWTH Aachen University.
... of course we immediately answered in the affirmative 😉
The University of Police and Public Administration NRW is organising a lecture series under the motto "Post Corona - what's next for teaching".
Together with Prof. Döge, we were able to present MyScore and then discuss areas of application in the police and administration.
The University Forum on Digitisation and the Foundation for Innovation in Higher Education organised the University:Future:Festival as an online event from 2-4 November.
We had the great fortune to present our MyScore software exclusively to the Minister of Education Karliczek for 30 minutes after her award ceremony.
On the occasion of the Tausendwasser Conference in Berlin, a large trade fair for the entire water industry, we were allowed to demonstrate MyScore in a technical lecture as well as at a stand.
There was a lot of interested feedback from the professional audience.
The University of Regensburg organised its day of digital teaching purely online today.
We were be able to present the possibilities of avatar-based teaching and learning at a virtual stand.
On Friday and Saturday we participated in the Virtual Reality Festival Places in Gelsenkirchen.
On site were many interested people from very young to very old ;-).
Especially the VR scenarios for the new Sozialwerk Aachen project were very well received.
On invitation of the president, Mrs. Prof. Klee, we were allowed to present our MyScore development at the Rotary Club Aachen-Charlemange.
On site, club members were able to try out the software for themselves.
We were able to take away many new potential areas of application from the presentation.
Today we started our new project with Sozialwerk Aachen.
Sozialwerk Aachen provides foreign citizens with the necessary skills to enter service activities with the help of our software.
The Rectorate and the University Council of the TU Wien visited RWTH Aachen on 7 and 8 July.
During the event, we were able to present the MyScore developments and the cooperation with GUtech.
... great joy in our VR team!
As part of the Comenius Award competition 2020, our MyScore software was awarded a Comenius EduMedia Seal in the category of science education.
On the occasion of the 15th Regional Engineering Education Conference, we were allowed to present our MyScore software in the 4Ing session "How can young people be inspired for technology, and what can technical faculties at universities contribute to this?
The DAAD is holding its first internal workshop on the topic of VR.
The key question is whether virtual reality is a future technology for international exchange.
... and we are allowed to be there with MyScore 😉
At the E-Learning Conference of the FH Bielefeld MySore was involved with several contributions (among others together with Prof. Ziebart).
The Digital Teaching Services of the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien is interested in our MyScore software.
We will remain in exchange.
Today we had three members of the Junge Akademie as guests. The Young academy is the world's first academy of young scientists.
We were able to present our open source development.
... Maybe this will develop into the first meeting of the Junge Akademie in VR 😉 ...
Prof. Ziebart, a VR pioneer at Bielefeld UAS, wants to use the VR software for his purposes.
After an intensive exchange we will appear together at the upcoming e-learning conference of the FH Bielefeld.
We received a request from the TU Darmstadt to use the MyScore software. They want to work specifically with 360 Gard photos and videos in VR.
We have agreed to work together.
Sozialwerk Aachen would like to use our software to prepare foreign citizens for employment in the local labor market.
We are currently designing special VR scenarios for use there on July 2021.
... it took a long time, but then it was really great: The second part of the series Practice Transfer at e-Teaching.org has taken place.
We started in a Zoom meeting and from there we moved seamlessly into virtual reality. The participants could take part in the event with their own VR glasses.
... and again a request from the field of vocational education.
The Pipeline Association has given us the opportunity to show how VR can be used in vocational education and training.
At Mainz University of Applied Sciences, three professors from different faculties are interested in the topic of VR use in teaching.
We were able to agree on concrete scenarios for cooperation.
... and again an event of our client DAAD:
The DAAD organizes the international conference "Digital Formats in international Higher Education Projects".
We could contribute a workshop to this.
The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) regularly provides training for its employees.
We were invited to report about MyScore during a webinar.
The vice presidents of the German universities regularly exchange information about news in teaching. This time we were given the chance to introduce MyScore.
... the first interested party from abroad: Prof. Jolink from SKEMA Business School in Paris became aware of MyScore and we had an intensive exchange.
Every year, RWTH Aachen University hosts Talk Lehre, presenting the latest developments in digital teaching.
This year, we were allowed to present avatar-based teaching and thus found more interested parties from RWTH Aachen University.
... and once again the ARD Campus Magazin visited Aachen. Despite the pandemic, a film team from the BR has visited us and (as we find) shot a great contribution for the ARD format.
Prof. Martinuzzi from the Vienna University of Economics and Business regularly organizes web events on innovative topics.
Today, we were allowed to join three other VR/AR activists and to introduce what MyScore currently has to offer.
... and again University:Future Festival: Today we could present the software in a workshop.
The Hochschulforum Digitalisierung organizes the international conference "University:Future Festival". We were allowed to contribute a showcase.
The Rotary Club Heinsberg invited us to present on the topic of digitalization strategy in teaching and the use of VR in teaching.
Our client, the German Academic Exchange Service, hosted the international conference "Moving target digitalisation: re-thinking global exchange in higher education". There we were allowed to present the latest version of the VR software (now all with stand-alone UNITY code) in a workshop.
The German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) invited us to present our software at a webinar on the future of education.
Another VR pioneer at RWTH Aachen, Prof. Piller, expressed interest in using the VR software in his courses on economics.
An exchange began that continues to be mutually beneficial to this day.
Through the FAZ article, the Lions Club Euregio Rhein Maas became aware of the developments at RWTH Aachen and had them presented at a club meeting. Interestingly, some members are employees of the RWTH Aachen, so that the circle closes.
The winner of the NRW teaching award, Prof. Paganini, expresses his interest in using the VR software in his seminars. This makes him the first lecturer at RWTH Aachen University to integrate the software into his teaching on a binding basis (... after the LFI, of course 😉
The article in the FAZ brought MyScore to the attention of the three lawyers, Prof. Pohlmann (University of Münster), Prof. Dauner-Lieb (University of Cologne) and Prof. Lobinger (University of Heidelberg). The first use cases for the lawyers were subsequently developed.
In issue 20/21, VDI Nachrichten reported on avatar-based teaching and learning.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine reported about our software in an interview.
Dadurch wurden unter anderem Juristen auf unsere VR-Software aufmerksam.
... we are proud of it: the broadcast series ARD Campus has made a contribution to our software.
Dissemination internally: the possibilities that VR offers for teaching could be presented to the lectures of the Faculty of Architecture at RWTH.
At the RWTH New Year's Reception (RWTH Transparent), Prof. Nacken and Dr. Persike were able to give the guests an insight into avatar-based teaching and learning.
At the annual Learntec trade fair in Karlsruhe, we were involved with a contribution at the university stand.
The Hochschulforum Digitalisierung hosted the international conference "Startegies beyond Borders" in Berlin. We were allowed to present our VR developments in the context of a workshop.
As part of e-Teaching.org's "Practice Transfer" series, MyScore was presented in a one-hour webinar. Die Aufzeichnung davon finden Sie hier.
At the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung conference, the software was presented to an audience for testing as part of a workshop.
On the occasion of the HRK nexus conference in Kaiserlautern, the first prototype of the MyScore software (based on High Fidelity) has been presented.