The special Digital Teaching prize of 5,000 euros was awarded to the Institute of Numerical Methods and Computer Science in Civil Engineering (iib) and the Institute of Construction and Building Materials (WiB) with the respective members Professor Uwe Rüppel, Professor Eddie Koenders, Christian Eller, M.Sc., Michael Disser, B.Sc., Pascal Mosler, B.Sc., Shifan Zhang, M.Sc. and Christoph Mankel, M.Sc. (all from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) for the “VR4Teach” project as a virtual reality platform for collaborative visualization of complex teaching content using their own smartphones, tablets or laptops.
The project was developed interdisciplinary and validated in a lecture of the WIB. Student assistants were able to use the VR laboratory in the IIB to develop VR4Teach and gain first insights into the new technology of virtual reality in the context of engineering sciences. The project ran over one semester and the process of software development could be learned and tested beginning with an idea, requirement analysis and finally the prototype implementation and subsequent testing. The positive feedback of the testing students shows that the idea of VR4Teach is future-oriented. Therefore, we would like to thank the Carlo and Karin Giersch Foundation for receiving the award and are looking forward to the acknowledgement of our work and future projects.