.dcall projects 2020 - Teaching

Winning projects of the .dcall Teaching 2020

.dcall Teaching referred specifically to the objectives in the "Teaching" section of the digitalization strategy. This focuses on teaching and learning at the university that needs to be promoted in cooperation between teaching staff, students and the service facilities involved. The aim is for existing teaching and learning concepts to be enhanced and for ideas for innovative teaching and learning concepts to be stimulated. .dcall Teaching also had one distinctive feature: in this project, it was possible to include initial experiences of switching to distance learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


.dcall Teaching projects
Project Short description
ProgEval - Automated Evaluation of Programming Skills

An automated submission system is required for programming tests in the tutorial operating systems, to enable swift assessment of the implementations of a large number of students. Another advantage of an automated system is that students can have the current status of their solution assessed as often as they like during the test. Specific error messages help students and tutors to identify errors quickly. As part of the project, the existing system needs to be updated and enhanced. One of the project's key objectives is also to integrate the system into the current routine exercises.

Project lead: Peter Puschner

As a first step in the "Remote-Controlled Chemical Engineering - RemoteChemEng" project, a new, controllable, procedural lab system needs to be constructed, which establishes a new space for interaction for students at a digital and practical level, enabling them to experience "authentic" process behaviour. As well as the actual lab system, it should also emerge as a model - "digital twin" - in a virtual lab, to provide students with a new approach to process understanding, by enabling them to test the effect, for example, of parameter variations with procedural operations in the simulation and to identify relationships. The new methodology can thus be included in a variety of courses. Project lead: Christian Jordan

digiLab IDS - digital tutorial and laboratory infrastructure for the Industrial Data Science certified course at TU Wien The aim of digiLab IDS is to develop an Industrial Data Science (IDS) course that permits students to complete tutorials and lab projects in a digital infrastructure at their own pace, and completely virtually, and also to obtain ECTS credits and a certificate for their studies on successfully completing the course. The target group here is Bachelors and Masters students in the fields of Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Industrial/Mechanical Engineering (IME), who have successfully completed selected courses (e.g. Mathematics 1-3 for ME, IME and Process Engineering (PE), Stochastics, Basic Programming for ME, IME and PE, Basic Production Technology, Production and Quality Management 1-2 and Logistics). Project lead: Fazel Ansari Chaharsoughi

Creative loft for the digital TU learning house

The "Creative loft" project aims to design a new concept for TU teaching - a "digital TU learning house" - and to implement part of this in an initial step. For this purpose, the existing TUWEL modules should be configured accordingly and connected to other applications by means of existing TUWEL interfaces (such as via the external server, LTI and/or data exchange in the background). These additional applications are to be developed and incorporated as add-ons to TUWEL, rather than in TUWEL itself. To ensure seamless integration into TUWEL, the TUWEL team will provide advice and take care of the configuration work. Project lead: Hilda Tellioglu
SecTULab: Secure TU Distance Learning Laboratories The aim of the SecTULab project is to develop a generic architecture, including documentation and implemented sample modules to enable or facilitate TU Wien institutes to offer group laboratories with secure remote access to laboratory PCs. Remote access security on laboratory PCs particularly needs to be improved by integrating TUWEL for authentication, group affiliation, control and additional security mechanisms. Limitations that must be noted are that scheduled access to a secure remote control of laboratory PCs by means of mouse, keyboard and screen (i.e. remote desktop) is restricted. In any case, the proposed remote access is not expedient if, as part of the laboratory, students need to physically wire up electrical circuits inside the laboratory, for example. Project lead: Joachim Fabini
Gamification of Digital Labs: Towards a Multipurpose and Collaborative Virtual Platform The virtual lab of the Introduction to Security lectures (184.783 VU, 192.082 UE, >600 students in the last 2 years) at TU Wien relies on an open-source, in-house platform that has been developed to provide a safe, remotely accessible environment, where students can interact with realistic applications containing ad-hoc vulnerabilities.

The focus of the project is the extension and further improvement of our platform along 3 main axes:

  1. Addition of novel functionalities, such as the integration of a virtualization infrastructure to broaden the set of activities that could be offered on the platform.
  2. Automatic detection of plagiarized submissions.
  3. Support for federated authentication using the university credentials and revision of the existing access control system.

Project Manager: Marco Squarcina

AR-supported Teaching The aim of this project is the enhancement of the existing AR teaching platform prototype and its implementation in teaching (architecture) including evaluation of the teaching outcome. The teaching platform should enable teaching staff without any programming knowledge to transfer their own teaching content into AR scenarios. Students then access the AR teaching content via smartphone or tablet. Project lead: Christian Schranz
Co-creative Urban Planning Studio (CUPS)

Based on initial experiences of the summer semester 2020, the teaching team wants to work with students to evaluate and enhance both digital and teaching tools and/or methods (e.g. webinars, online input, creative online workshops, icebreaker activities) that are required for rolling out future design theory in the distance learning mode. These tools also need to be available as modules for future courses. Individual elements can be selected from the modules for further draft or 1:1 projects. These are also new opportunities for involving external parties, who, for example, due to geographical distance (e.g. for projects not being undertaken in Vienna) can nevertheless be involved in the spirit of co-creation. The modules also provide the opportunity to involve the public, conduct research and share results, regardless of locations. As a result, this would enable an increased degree of flexibility to be ensured in terms of people, space and time resources. Project leads: Annalisa Mauri, Linda Dörrzapf

Peer Reviewing in mass teaching The aim of this project proposal is to make peer reviewing available as a tool for teaching TU Wien teaching staff. Peer reviewing currently takes place exclusively on our Aurora platform. It is so tightly integrated into the structures and technical context of our platform that it is not possible for Aurora to be used externally. With the funding proposed here, we want to re-implement the peer reviewing components of Aurora so that they can be used not only in Aurora, but also as an external tool in TUWEL. Project lead: Naemi Luckner