VR4Teach at the “Digitalpakt Hessen” announcement
Press conference for the „Digitalpakt“ at TU Darmstadt with participation from IIB
On April 23rd, 2020, the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts together with the TU Darmstadt presented the “Digitalpakt” for universities in the Hesse. 112 million euros are to be invested in digital teaching, research and administration over the next five years. During the press conference, Hesse's Minister of Science Angela Dorn and Hesse's Minister of Digital Affairs Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus, among others, tested the developments regarding VR4Teach. The IIB was represented by Prof. Uwe Rüppel and Christian Eller.
Here, Ministers Dorn and Sinemus wanted to convince themselves of the digital contents and teaching methods at TU Darmstadt. To this end, Prof. Rüppel and Mr. Eller, among others, presented the relevant developments at the IIB: They showed the possibilities in the Darmstadt Civil, Environmental and Safety Engineering Lab (DACES, ) in the context of Digital Reality such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Through a high degree of immersion and the feeling of presence, students should be able to participate in the applications as real as possible, even using specifically developed hardware such as a VR glove. video on the IIB YouTube channel
Furthermore, Prof. Rüppel and Mr. Eller showcased the “VR4Teach” project during a live demonstration, allowing the two ministers to immerse themselves in a real-life fire event. The idea of making virtual reality available to students and thus making digital models a real experience was as such visualized and enthusiastically received by Mrs. Dorn and Mrs. Sinemus.
Even the television teams could not take their eyes off so much action in politics and so the immersion of the ministers was filmed directly and supported by videos from our . With the help of the hardware shown, an insight into our possibilities at DACES and the IIB's own hardware developments was provided. We were thus able to show how the digital transformation in research and teaching at the IIB leads to innovative applications and makes it possible, for example in the area of digital teaching shown here, to implement and present complex content in a realistic yet approachable way. YouTube channel
Additional information (german language only):
 Press release from the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts
 News from Hessenschau (includes video)
 News from TU Darmstadt
 News from Forschung & Lehre
 News from RTL Hessen (includes video)
 VR4Teach-Video on the IIB youtube channel
Images from VR4Teach / Digitalpakt Hessen
Hesse's Minister of Science Angela Dorn with one of IIB's VR glasses while testing VR4Teach, in the background Prof. Rüppel (Image: Patrick Bal )
Hesse's Minister of Digital Affairs Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus with one of IIB's VR glasses while testing VR4Teach (Video available at )