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The HSG laid the cornerstones for digitalisation in teaching as early as 2015: it was enshrined in the Vision 2015 that the opportunities brought about by digitalisation should be exploited in an innovative way in teaching and research.One step in the direction of digital teaching is the introduction of the learning platform Canvas. “The present learning platform StudyNet 2.0 is long in the tooth and no longer up-to-date with regard to flexibility, operability and the use of innovative, digital forms of learning,” explains Jacqueline Gasser-Beck, Head of the Teaching Innovation Lab and leader of the StudyNet 3.0 project.
"Digital platforms as preparation for a digital
The cultural change is under way from the traditional lecture to an event where nothing is merely read out but where, in the best possible case, well-informed students interact with faculty members. Digital platforms such as Canvas do not compete with classroom teaching but provide faculty members with an opportunity to offer digital documents, new formats to check on knowledge and teaching video clips for the purpose of preparation. Thus classroom teaching provides space and time for faculty members to answer students’ questions or discuss practical examples. Students, in turn, are able to access learning contents through an app, cooperate in real time and provide evidence of learning. In order to drive this cultural change in teaching forwards and demonstrate the advantages of the new StudyNet 3.0 to teachers, Jacqueline Gasser-Beck and her team have been offering several information events.
StudyNet 3.0 is being introduced gradually so as to prepare students and faculty for the new teaching and learning experience as best as possible. “After a first stage with selected courses in Spring Semester 2019 (pilot stage), all the courses will be offered on StudyNet 3.0 from Autumn Semester 2019. In a third stage, further services will be integrated and the services around Canvas will be extended further,” explains Jacqueline Gasser-Beck. At the same time, the team will be offering various information and instruction events for all stakeholder groups. Besides technical training sessions and workshops for the revision of the didactic concept (in cooperation with the Center for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education), they will also run individual implementation coaching sessions
“In the future, digitalisation in teaching will not only enable us to support students better during their studies, but will also enable us to prepare them for the professional world, in which digital forms
of communication and cooperation have already been established,” says Jacqueline Gasser-Beck.