ABOUT WiSo-Virtuell2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, WiSo has developed WiSo-Virtuell2020 in close collaboration with the Center for Continuing Education in University-Level Teaching (FBZHL). WiSo-Virtuell ensures that students can still study at WiSo during this difficult time, even if this means leaving familiar paths. At the same time, there is a great opportunity to try out new ideas, acquire new skills and develop existing skills. WiSo-Virtuell has three key objectives:

Objective 1: Continuation of study

Despite the limitations of public life due to the coronavirus pandemic, students in all Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs at WiSo can continue their studies. WiSo shares FAU’s commitment in contributing to flattening the curve. But it also aims to ensure that students can continue their studies successfully.

Objective 2: Seed transformation opportunities

The current crisis is not only a threat, but also an opportunity to grow.

    • Strengthen agile mindset

All members of WiSo including students, staff, and professors can respond quickly and flexibly to new challenges. In doing so, we are promoting a mindset that is necessary to overcome an increasingly complex world with volatility, uncertainty, confusion and ambiguity in the economy and society.

    • Promoting independent learning

The new situation demands independent learning skills from students in a new way. WiSo is helping its students to grow in this respect. In this process, we are developing a mindset that is necessary in an age where knowledge becomes more rapidly obsolete than ever before and creating an open culture of innovation and opportunity.

    • Developing digital skills

WiSo is making the most of the call for rapid digitalization to further develop the digital skills of students and teachers. Independent learning opportunities are also planned for students.

    • Professional volunteering

WiSo is strengthening the link between volunteering during the coronavirus pandemic and developing professional skills. Through service learning, students provide a service and deepen their skills by working with a social organization, municipality or local SMEs.

Objective 3: Managing transformation systematically

We are not leaving digital transformation to chance, rather ensuring systematic progress.

    • Promoting diversity in digital teaching

One-size-fits-all might work with stretch jeans. However, university teaching requires individual e-learning concepts. Online teaching based on the same tired concepts and strategies are boring for students. This is why we are promoting the numerous opportunities and formats offered by e-learning to help create a more robust online academic environment.

    • Develop e-learning systematically

Before the coronavirus pandemic, we already had an extensive e-learning program which we can now build upon during the current situation. The further development of e-learning is supported by our teaching staff. As a Community of Practice, our teaching staff support each other. They are also supported by the Center for Continuing Education in University-Level Teaching (FBZHL) and the Innovation in Learning Institute (ILI). Developmental activities are coordinated by WiSo’s e-learning coordinator (ELC).

    • Leveraging our quality management for transformation

We solve issues and problems with clear responsibilities. WiSo has operated a proven quality management system for many years. We are using these clearly defined responsibilities and processes in our quality management structures to assist us during this transformation in teaching, especially during the current crisis.

    • Utilizing networks

We are utilizing our network of partners within FAU and beyond the University to assist us in implementing transformational processes.