Digital learning formats are booming. Chemists at the University of Oldenburg developed practical experiments that can be carried out via the internet in the early 2000s. Now other universities are using these experiments – and demand is growing.
The first online semester has come to an end and students and teachers have grown used to the new formats – for the most part. "Naturally, it’s very difficult to carry out practical laboratory experiments in the natural science subjects online," says Prof. Dr. Frank Rößner of the Institute of Chemistry. But Rößner, who heads the "Technical Chemistry" research group, has made it possible. In the practical laboratory course "Technical Chemistry" for Master's students, two experiments have already been running online for years. Both are the result of projects run by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research on the virtualisation of teaching. They showcase the advantages that digital learning formats in the natural sciences can offer even in "normal" times, supplementing classroom teaching.