summer semester 2020 - a review

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This summer semester presented itself unlike anything planned in the months prior to its start due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Changed schedules and new digital teaching concepts led to increased efforts and caused students as well as lecturers to develop new competences and knowledge.


Digital teaching at IWW

Review Summer Semester 2020

At the IWW, a digital concept was developed early on for all courses, which is why all modules could start as planned. Overall, we can look back on a large number of digital events. These include 19 zoom conferences in which Professor Schüttrumpf and Doctor Brüll gave their lectures live in the subjects of Coastal Engineering, Flood Protection and Hydraulic Engineering Seminar. A total of 21 lecture units of the courses Dams & Hydropower, Hydromechanics II and Hydromechanical Internship were recorded in advance and made available in the learning rooms for flexible viewing. Our scientific staff held a great number of exercises live in zoom, too. These live-events offer the great opportunity to incorporate new digital aspects into lectures and exercises such as quizzes and polls.

Our external lecturers Professor Witte (Navigable Waterway Engineering II), Professor Huber (Risk Management) and Doctor Detering (Hydropower) also replaced their master lectures with live lectures, thus providing an adequate substitute to their attendance lectures. Our excursions, which unfortunately could not take place to the planned destinations, were replaced by 'Digital Excursions', so that students had the opportunity to complete the module Excursion Water.

The commitment, flexibility and perseverance of all our lecturers and students have contributed significantly to the fact that we can end this summer semester with positive results despite its many challenges.

Outlook Winter Semester 2020/21

Thanks to the students' feedback, we can look back on a summer semester that has been both unique and successful. With the experiences and possible improvements, we will start another digital semester on October 26, 2020, the winter semester 2020/21. Here, too, all lectures will be implemented digitally. An exception is the course Experimental Hydraulic Research, which is characterized by practical work in our experimental hall. Here the planned experiments are carried out in small groups and in compliance with distance and hygiene rules.

We look forward to what is to come and continue to strive to balance excellent teaching and the health of our teachers and students.

If you have any questions about teaching, you can always send an e-mail to our teaching coordination ( In addition, there is up-to-date information on each course offered at the IWW homepage.