WiSo has developed the WiSo-Virtuell2020 concept in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This concept is designed to ensure that students can still study during this difficult time. Although this will mean leaving familiar paths, it will also introduce new ways of working and studying. We see this as an unprecedented opportunity. An opportunity to try new things, to develop digital skills and to learn from each other. The concept is based on the following components:
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. Students can complete the required ECTS credits in all degree programs. Digital instruction has been part of studying at WiSo for many years. For example, lecture recordings are widely available and already used by students. All WiSo courses have been reviewed to see if and how they can be continued online. There is a folder on the StudOn learning platform for each course that is usually held in the summer semester. Since the beginning of April 2020, announcements have been made via StudOn detailing which courses will take place in the 2020 summer semester and the small number of courses that have been postponed. Please make sure that you join the relevant StudOn courses. This will ensure that you receive current information on your course. More on StudOn.
The information desk will also be switching to an online service at the beginning of the semester. To ensure that students can continue to access information and advice, all services offered by the information desk have moved online. The information desk team can be reached Monday to Thursday (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Friday (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) online via Zoom (www.infothek.wiso.fau.de) or via e-mail (email@example.com).
The FSI is the student council initiative of the WiSo. Motivated students from all programs come together to represent the interests of the students. Even in this virtual semester, the FSI is actively involved in university politics, student life and in consulting on social media such as Instagram and Facebook. There you will find up-to-date information on a wide range of topics and on the activities of the various working groups. The Zoom meeting takes places every Wednesday at 18:30- anyone is welcome to attend. The current meeting ID can be found in the Instagram Bio and further information about the activities of the FSI can be found on the website.
Junior Consulting Team
The Junior Consulting Team is a student consultancy project in the Nuremberg area offering students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in paid practical projects in real companies. The necessary know-how and practical skills are taught here. On top of that you become part of a great team and have the opportunity to network with partner companies. Further information is available at www.jct.de, Instagram (jct.nuernberg), Facebook (JCT Nürnberg) and here. Applications are possible until 29 May 2020.
Germany’s largest student marketing association MTP offers the possibility to get in contact with companies in this region and nationwide. Besides the chance to be part of this community, MTP also offers the possibility to participate in instructive workshops and lectures. If you are interested more information can be found on Instagram. Questions can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The virtual assembly takes place every Tuesday this semester at 19.30 on Microsoft Teams.
The RCDS is a non-profit political university group at the WiSo, which actively shapes university policy and competes in the university elections every year. The RCDS supports students during these times in order to make this phase as pleasant and productive as possible, such as with a digital information evening, and on social media i.e. Facebook and Instagram. On its social media channels the RCDS provides helpful videos, for example on how to register on Zoom. An introductory zoom meeting for more information about the RCDS will take place on May 07, 2020. Further details can be found in the Facebook event.
The Infothek will start its digital service at the beginning of the semester. In order to continue to provide students with information and assistance and to offer its service as usual, the Infothek has started to work digitally too. The Infothek’s team can be reached Monday to Thursday (10.00 – 16.00) and Friday (10:00 – 13:00) via the following digital channels: via ZOOM (the link can be found on the Infothek website at www.infothek.wiso.fau.de) or via email (email@example.com).
Service counter of the RRZE
The RRZE’s service counter will also start a digital service at the beginning of the semester. In order to provide the best possible support for students the service will be offered virtually to answer questions in regard to software and hardware as well as the acquisition of required licenses. The RRZE team can be reached via ZOOM Monday to Friday (08.00 – 18.00).
Further information on the WiSo facilities can also be found on the Infothek website. Due to the current situation, you should check the exact opening hours and contact details of the respective office or facility and contact them personally if necessary.
The current economic and social situation is often associated with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. This is the VUCA world. It requires a high degree of flexibility: agility. Agility requires a mindset: the agile mindset.
WiSo has operated a proven quality management system for many years. We are using this system to monitor digital transformation. If you see a problem, help us to help you. To solve problems where they arise, please contact the relevant module managers first. If they are unable to resolve the problem, please contact the relevant study advisors and degree program coordinators.
Are you interested in making a contribution during the coronavirus pandemic and advancing your skills and knowledge in a professional field related to your studies at WiSo? #WiSo.Zusammenhalt.Unternehmen offers students the opportunity to volunteer at a social organization, municipality or local SME. While participating, student volunteers can simultaneously develop their educational and professional skills. You could for example, volunteer for the food bank organization Tafel Deutschland e. V. while studying their management structures. Or develop a digital marketplace with local retailers and organize sales via bicycle couriers. You may also consider designing a webinar in one of your areas of expertise. For example, using social networks such as Instagram or introducing an open-source application you are familiar with and explaining useful features that can help people work from home more effectively. This option is worth 5 ECTS credits with a workload of 150 hours; it consists of professional work and a research assignment which can be spread over the summer semester. WiSo will provide academic support for the research assignment. Following completion of the module, you will be expected to present your concept in a final presentation. In doing so, you will address both the organization and research aspects. The final presentation is graded and you will receive valuable feedback for developing your presentation skills.Does this sound interesting to you? If so, apply to the #WiSo.Zusammenhalt.Unternehmen board by completing the online application. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2020. We will then try to match you with a partner organization and an assignment. You can also suggest a partner organization. We will let you know by May 10th, whether we have found a good match for you (if you have not found your own partner organization). For more information, visit StudOn.
How can I work from home as a student? What options are there for learning online? What learning strategies can help me during the coronavirus pandemic? – Students will be facing significant challenges this semester. In the new #WiSoVirtuell blog, the Center for Continuing Education in University-Level Teaching (FBZHL) and the Chair of Business Education and Human Resources Development give you tips and suggestions on how to structure and plan the virtual semester. There are also plenty of creative ideas to inspire you on the School’s social media channels, such as Instagram campaigns to take part in and share your experiences.
E-learning is a very broad concept. There are many forms of digital education. Learning resources can range from books, PDF documents and audio files up to entire courses published online. As a result, learning is no longer bound to a fixed time or a fixed location – whenever an internet connection is available. This brings freedoms, but also requires greater self-discipline and personal responsibility. Online resources are often combined with support and communication tools. For example, forums can be used to ask questions and provide answers. However, this may entail a delay before a question is answered. Additionally, virtual office hours in question and answer format can be held using Zoom and Adobe Connect for real-time, synchronous communication. Synchronous formats are also available for delivering learning resources. For example, as a live lecture or a webinar with a significantly higher level of interactivity. Webinars allow greater interactivity for students through group work or participation in discussions. Online tests and exercises are a further aspect of e-learning. Students can use online tests to check what they have learned and review whether their learning was successful. Sometimes online tests can only be completed once, sometimes more frequently. There are many different types of online tests and exercises and these can be quite different depending on your course. Usually, you will learn about online tests and exercises relevant to you in your StudOn course or in any kick-off event.
WiSo-Virtuell requires, but also encourages, the development of digital skills. Promoting the development of digital skills is an important strategic task for WiSo. Through our close relationship with companies and professional practices, we know what digital skills our students and tomorrow’s employees need and promote these accordingly. Digital skills are promoted on a theoretical and methodological level (e.g. knowledge of digital tools and media) as well as a practical level in the application of digital tools and media. Learning with digital tools and media (e-learning) plays an important role in the development of digital skills in digital and virtual teaching/learning scenarios. Visit this website to see just one example of what can be achieved with this technology.
WiSo-Virtuell is all about acquiring and developing digital skills. An important part of this is, for example, using tools to organize video conferencing. We know that our students already use a variety of communication tools to exchange information and organize themselves through social media. In addition, FAU also now provides students with access to professional video conferencing tools. Particular mention should be made of Zoom and Jitsi: Jitsi is an open-source solution and is suitable for smaller video conferences via the RRZE Jitsi server. FAU has also purchased 40,000 Zoom licenses for its students. Zoom offers a variety of features.
You can find more about these and other tools here. Overview:
Despite the current situation the WiSo’s Career Service supports you on questions concerning the topics “career entry” and “employability” as usual. We offer a wide range of virtual seminars to promote job-relevant skills (registration via StudOn). In the course of the virtual summer semester, the Career Service thus presents a completely virtual webinar program for the first time. In addition, the Career Service team will be happy to continue to advise you by phone or video chat on your application documents and career concerns (appointments by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). For shorter enquiries, the Career Service also offers digital consultation hours via zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 – 11.00 a.m. from 5th May. All offers can be found at www.career.wiso.fau.de.