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    17.07.2020 09:15
    Freiburg-Penn State Virtual Classroom Award for Anke Weidlich; Frank Hutter receives Instructional Development Award (IDA) Anke Weidlich and Alexandra-Maria Klein (from left) received the Freiburg-Penn State Virtual Classroom Award. Photos: Jörg Blum

    Anke Weidlich and Alexandra-Maria Klein (from left) received the Freiburg-Penn State Virtual Classroom Award. Photos: Jörg Blum

    Freiburg, July 16, 2020

    The University of Freiburg has presented the Freiburg-Penn State Virtual Classroom Award for the first time. In the context of the digitization of teaching, the award honors innovative courses that were jointly designed by lecturers from the University of Freiburg and Penn State University, USA, for students of both universities. The sponsored teams will each receive 10,000 euros at the University of Freiburg and 12,000 US dollars at Penn State University to implement their projects. The projects are:

    • “Bringing International Experts in Pest and Pollinator Management to the Classroom,” Professor Dr. Alexandra-Maria Klein, Institute for Geo- and Environmental Sciences, and Professor Dr. Andrew Straw, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, and Professor Christina Grozinger and Assistant Research Professor Natalie Boyle, Penn State University: Biodiversity and the number of insects is declining worldwide - a finding that has triggered public discussions about the consequences for life on earth. There is a widespread consensus that this decline is man-made, and due to issues such as more intensive agriculture and the fragmentation of insect habitats. In an online course, students from the University of Freiburg and Penn State University will deal with approaches and methods that will make it possible to reconcile sustainable food production with the conservation of biodiversity. The spectrum of topics ranges from bioinformatics, molecular biology and remote sensing to machine learning.
    • “Solar Energy Integration and Economics,” Professor Dr. Anke Weidlich, Institute of Sustainable Technical Systems (INATECH) at the University of Freiburg, and Assistant Teaching Professor Mark Fedkin, Penn State University: Experts assume that solar energy will make the largest contribution to the global supply of electricity in the coming decades. One of the biggest challenges is to integrate the energy generated by photovoltaics into the power grid - because solar energy production is subject to strong fluctuations and the capacity of the grid is limited. In the online course “Solar Energy Integration and Economics,” students from the University of Freiburg and Penn State University will deal with the technical and economic aspects of integrating renewable energies into modern power grids.

    The University of Freiburg also handed out accolades for four outstanding concepts for creative higher education teaching in the form of the Instructional Development Award (IDA).

    • “DoppelfOERderung: Learning by teaching with tools,” Professor Albert Gollhofer and Dr. Flavio Bessi, Institute of Sport and Sports Science
    • “Law and Digitization: Coding for lawyers,” Professor Boris P. Paal, Institute of Media and Information Law
    • “Chemistry bootcamp,” Professor Birgit Esser, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Professor Eckhard Bartsch, Institute of Physical Chemistry, and Dr. Janina Kirsch, Faculty of Biology

     

    Press release of the University of Freiburg and Videos of the award ceremony

    Contact:
    Prof. Dr. Juliane Besters-Dilger
    Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs.
    University of Freiburg
    Phone: 0761/203-6971

     

     



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