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Eisler eCampus

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 situation – which began in March 2020 – still requires that we restrict personal encounters and direct artistic exchanges, so that instructors and students can no longer meet in lesson rooms at the school as usual, this extraordinary situation nonetheless represents an opportunity:

Presenting the Eisler eCampus 

Prof. Andrea Tober, Vicerector and Officer for Digital Transformation, presents the Eisler eCampus of the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin

Hybrid semester 2020 / 2021

During the current semester as well, Covid 19 represents a continuing challenge: we were able to use summer semester as a creative semester to try out new forms of teaching, of interaction and exchange, and of knowledge transfer in digital formats. This approach continues during the current semester under the motto: “As much face-to-face instruction as possible; as much digital teaching as necessary!,” with the aim of providing a full course of studies.

As before, creativity, patience, and flexibility are required if we are to adapt to ongoing developments. Which is why we are delighted to offer – alongside face-to-face teaching and, as earlier, contact contactless teaching (distance learning) – mixed forms of analog and digital teaching (blended learning), along with other online teaching formats (teaching on demand, teaching films, learning tasks), which are temporally and spatially independent.
You can get an impression of the newly developed formats at:
#eislerlab_digital
#eisler live

Sustained experimentation

Last semester, we launched the development of the Eisler eCampus, a digital infrastructure at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. This allows us to support teaching – beyond digital teaching formats and the Covid 19 pandemic – by ensuring that internal communication and collaboration is coordinated and harmonized in a protected space and through an ensemble consisting of diverse components. The semester will be characterized by an alternation between analog and digital teaching offerings, and this represents a very special challenge for our face-to-face and practice activities. That is why the focus of the current semester is first on the improvement and continuing development of a digital infrastructure, and secondly on exchanges within the school community concerning our experiences to date. Together, we want to take in hand and to actively shape the future of the “Eisler.”

Eisler eCampus - Guiding principles 

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.

  • Safety: The Eisler eCampus offers a protected space, and allows control over one’s own data through the server location in Germany and corresponding DSGVO conformity: metadata remain private, the user group is limited, and its administration safeguarded.
  • Flexibility: Comfortable access to information independent of one’s own location or the device being used.
  • Harmonization: For the sake of the larger architecture, this means breaking up individual, isolated solutions – while these solutions have proven themselves from the perspective of individual instructor, they nonetheless remain only one of many individual solutions that confront students daily.

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.

eislerMail

  • Communication via e-mail: The setting up of in-house e-mail accounts for all members of the school on the Outlook WebApp means that everyone is listed and accessible internally with their e-mail addresses.
  • Appointments: Via a calendar function, calendars can be shared with other users, facilitating lesson arrangements. A trans-university calendar will facilitate the sharing of dates of relevance to studies, i.e. semester dates, rehearsal planning for major projects, etc.
  • Integration: Possible alongside secure communication is the management of an e-mail account in any desired e-mail programs on your own device.

eislerMail
password recovery

eislerCloud

  • eislerCommunity: For access to this platform, there is a secure registration procedure through the School’s official in-house e-mail address. Only in this way users can verify they are members of the school.
  • Filesharing: The cloud makes it possible for all data (including documents and videos) that are necessary for teaching to be stored and accessible, i.e. findable (!). This may encompass educational content as well as documents from the organs of academic self-administration.
  • Storage capacity: All users receive adequate storage space, which can also be customized as needed. The cloud should be seen primarily as a location for temporary data exchange; upon consultation, however, the establishment of subject-specific media libraries is conceivable as well.
  • Collaboration: Via an integrated OnlyOffice applications package, data can also be processed jointly on your own PC without a software license or installation (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge sharing (in planning): currently envisioned is the integration of an in-house school “Eisler Wiki”: information on topics of interest and relevance to all of us can be stored and edited there in a well-structured way.
  • Guests: External guests to can be invited to use the cloud or temporary folders on a temporary basis.

eislerCloud

eislerTalk

  • Communication via videoconference: Henceforth, we will be offering our own videoconference tool on our own server on the basis of the open-source program jitsi.
  • Security: This solution ensures a degree of stability and security, although it cannot do justice to the high demands for sound quality in instrumental instruction.
  • Functions: Primarily, this tool makes it possible to organize seminars and group instruction as well as organizational meetings. At this point, we will have to do without certain usual functions that are familiar from other providers; in the medium term, however, they may become available through reprogramming.

eislerTalk

eislerChat

  • Communication via chat: Via an integrated tool, comparable to WhatsApp, chat rooms will enabled for short-term exchanges of information, questions, and experiences. This can mean either open or private channels (for example, a class in a major subject) or discussions of special themes.

eislerChat

Appassimo

  • Online instruction: a videoconference tool for digital 1:1 teaching in ‘private spaces’ with a focus on extremely high audio and visual (Full HD) transmission quality. This tool differs substantially from familiar videoconference systems. For questions and registration, please contact:
    stephan.braun(at)lba.hfm-berlin.de

Appassimo
Eisler@Appassimo

Asimut

  • Spatial organization: The eislerCommunity is already familiar with this component. Both instructors and students can plan for and organize the use of available rooms through this room booking system, allowing resources to be utilized more effectively.

Asimut

Muvac

  • This tool makes possible digital pre-selection in the context of entrance examinations, reducing high travel costs for international applicants and making a small contribution to climate protection. As an institution of higher learning, we bear a special responsibility: we must play an exemplary role regarding environmental reform, and must demonstrate a readiness to reevaluate our assumptions and to explore new options regarding sustainability.

Eisler@Muvac

Campus management

Planned beginning in October 

  • Teaching organization: alongside the modules of the Campus Management System in the area of student administration that have already been introduced, we will be gradually introducing additional modules for the planning and organization of study and teaching.