Digital teaching can never replace direct social contact. It can however support, supplement, and enrich traditional teaching, provided digital resources are used in a sustained and useful way. Although the current crisis, which began in March of 2020, requires restrictions on personal meetings and direct artistic exchange, so that instructors and students can no longer meet in lesson rooms at the school as usual, this extraordinary situation nonetheless represents an opportunity:
Prof. Andrea Tober, Vicerector and Officer for Digital Transformation, presents the Eisler eCampus of the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin
“Against this background, we – along with all of Berlin’s institutions of higher learning – are called upon to use the summer semester as a creative semester, and to try out new forms of instruction, of communication and exchange, and of knowledge transfer using digital formats. This calls for creative ideas and a delight in experimentation. This is true as well for knowledge that that is generated for to satisfy technical requirements. Here, as well, we must explore the kinds of new pathways that allow us to realize new ideas in the short term.”
Sarah Wedl-Wilson, President
Given the special situation, the school confronts the challenge of developing and trying out teaching formats that – in conjunction with contactless learning (distance learning) – have the potential for integration into face-to-face teaching (blended learning), as well for creating additional online options (teaching on demand) that can be called up in a temporally and spatially independent way, and which can promote self-guided learning or offer future digitally-conceived webinars (learning management systems).
You can get an initial impression of these newly developed formats at #eislerlab_digital and #eislerlive:
In order to make all of this possible, we began organizing the Eisler eCampus, a digital infrastructure at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. This made it possible to support teaching – going beyond digital forms of teaching and the Corona situation – by allowing internal communication and collaboration to be joined together and harmonized in a protected space and through an ensemble of diverse components.
The Eisler eCampus consists of various components that can be linked with one another in a user-friendly way. This solution is intended to offer a comprehensive platform for communication and collaboration.
Scheduled to begin in June
Planned beginning in June
Planned beginning in October