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CrossLab - Flexibly combinable cross-reality labs in higher education: future-oriented competence development for learning and working 4.0

(Levels of a CrossLab configuration that embeds cross-university digital lab components of the partners in context-appropriate learning environments, taking into account the cross-cutting instructional concept).

Digital laboratory elements such as remote labs, virtual laboratory environments or simulations, which are summarized under the collective term cross-reality labs (CrossLabs), have proven their performance and flexibility not only in the current pandemic situation. Although the potential for cross-university use is obvious, the solutions remain isolated at the university level. Rigid implementations that are geared to individual didactic objectives prevent use from within the context of another university - there is a lack of interoperability. Complex systems remain reserved for a limited group of users.

Accordingly, the CrossLab project aims to define the didactic, technical and organizational solutions for open digital laboratory objects that can be combined across universities in a learning environment for student-centered teaching according to need. In this way, it is not the teaching that is adapted to the digital laboratory, but rather the laboratory that can be adapted to the requirements of the instructional situation.

For the implementation, the joint project integrates the competences of the partners Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Technische Universität Dortmund and the NORDAKADEMIE University of Applied Sciences in Elmshorn and Hamburg. The project builds on existing digital laboratories in different subject areas. This creates an open teaching and learning system for students that can be flexibly adapted to their needs.

The TU Dortmund University is initially involved in the collaborative project with three partners:

  • Chair of Organizational Studies and Management of Continuing Education at the Center for Higher Education (zhb.), (subproject leader: Prof. Dr. Uwe Wilkesmann, researcher: Dipl.-Päd. Claudius Terkowsky; coordinator for digital teaching at the TU Dortmund: Dipl.-Ing. Tobias R. Ortelt)
  • Engineering Education at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Prof. Dr. Tobias Haertel; N.N.)
  • Laboratory of Equipment Sesign at the Faculty of Bio- and Chemical Engineering (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Kockmann, Dr.-Ing. Konrad Boettcher)

The project consortium also cooperates closely with Labsland, the world's first startup for remote laboratories in teaching, based in Bilbao (Spain) and St. Louis (USA), as well as the Community Working Group for Remote Laboratories in Germany.

Current information can be found on the project webpage.

Project period: 01.08.2021 to 31.07.24

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity (Second Page in English).

Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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