Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main (German)

Aiming to be Europe’s Most Modern University

Germany’s Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main takes up the challenge and focuses on learning and teaching with the support of modern media technology

Science and research strategy papers issued by federal and state governments in Germany underline the fact that the use of “new media” at German universities is considered to have immense strategic importance. With tough global competition, only those universities that are able to offer a competitive infrastructure to young, internationally oriented “high potentials” as well as to highly qualified teachers will remain on top.

What the new digital world of learning will look like is to be experienced at Campus Riedberg of Frankfurt´s Johann Wolfgang Goethe University.

Three buildings were opened in May 2011, and in 2014, all scientific disciplines will be situated at the new Campus. Many lecture halls and classrooms within the three new complexes are connected to a multimedia-network based on modern fiber-links. With speed of light not only digital audio and video data are transported, but also control information, which enables a perfect workflow for the complex media-technology.

The goal is to become “Europe’s most modern University” with a uniform campus-wide high performance technical infrastructure.

At Campus Riedberg, the content of a lecture can be filmed via Panasonic’s mobile AW-HE50S cameras that are connected via HD-SDI, and then be made available as a live stream or as a retrievable file on the intranet or Internet, so that students can easily access their study materials and work together. The cameras are fixed on top of dedicated columns allowing - as opposed to being fixed on the ceiling - for a low optical axis and thus “natural” perspective of the speaker. The so-called “E-Learning” supports classroom teaching while rich media streams make study organisation as well as actual learning much easier than ever before. Also the projectors and plasma displays in the lecture and seminar rooms are Panasonic.

For Goethe-University the new state-of-the-art media-technology infrastructure is a very convincing additional argument to attract highly talented young professionals to study in Frankfurt.

 

"SPECIALreport by Cleverdis - www.cleverdis.com - August 2012"


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