Virtual University of Bavaria (vhb)

The Virtual University of Bavaria (vhb) is a network of Bavarian universities. It offers online courses as well as shorter learning units that are designed to supplement your on-campus studies. All vhb content is developed by lecturers at the host universities, including TUM.

As a student of our university, you can use the online courses of the vhb free of charge with tutor supervision. At www.vhb.org, you will find detailed information. The course program kurse.vhb.org provides detailed descriptions and demos of all courses. Please contact your academic advisor to find out whether vhb courses can be recognized in your TUM study program.

Through OPEN vhb, you will find shorter, open courses at the university level which may be of interest to you and the general public. Here you will also find courses that you can take in preparation for, or during, your studies. These courses are not designed to be taken for credit. The OPEN vhb course overview can be found at open.vhb.org. 

As a lecturer, you will find support from vhb not only in developing and implementing online courses across universities, but also in integrating existing digital courses into your teaching. In a repository, you will find online learning units of 45 minutes each for blended learning, which can be flexibly integrated into classroom teaching. You can also contribute to the repository yourself and set up blended learning units. Further information can be found at www.vhb.org/lehrende.

Online offers of the vhb in winter semester 2021/2022

1. CLASSIC vhb
Supervised online courses
https://kurse.vhb.org/

2. OPEN vhb
Open self-study courses
www.open.vhb.org

3. SMART vhb
Repository for blended learning units
https://smart.vhb.org

 

Online courses: CLASSIC vhb and OPEN vhb

The vhb promotes both the development of online courses that are based at the host universities (CLASSIC vhb) and the creation of open online courses accessible to all interested parties free of charge (OPEN vhb).

Course development

Are you a lecturer interested in developing a vhb online course? Information on how to develop courses is available at https://www.vhb.org/lehrende/kurse/

Dates for funding round 2021-II:
31.10.2021: Deadline for submission of funding applications
15.01.2022: Announcement of the accepted funding applications
01.03.2022: earliest possible project start

For information and forms, visit https://www.vhb.org/lehrende/kurse/foerderung/foerderrunde-2021-ii/

Dates for funding round 2022-I:
30.04.2022: Deadline for submission of funding applications
15.07.2022: Announcement of the accepted funding applications
01.09.2022: Fearliest possible project start

Information and documents for the funding round can be found on the vhb homepage from the end of January 2022.

Course implementation

Do you have questions about your vhb course? A list of frequently asked questions is available at https://www.vhb.org/vhb/faq/

Blended learning units: SMART vhb

The new SMART vhb funding supports the development of blended learning units, which are made available to all teachers at the host universities.

Information about blended learning with SMART vhb

Dates for funding round 2021/22:
until 15.05.2021: Submission of funding applications by the sponsoring universities
from 01.09.2021: Project start: Development of learning units
15.10.2022: latest date for discontinuation of course units

Dates for funding round 2022/2023:
15.02.2021: Deadline for submission of funding applications by the sponsoring universities
31.07.2022: Issue of funding decisions
01.09.2021: Earliest possible project start: development of learning units
15.10.2022: End of project: latest possible date for discontinuation of learning units

Applications for funding are submitted centrally via the sponsoring universities. The application documents will be sent to the central contact persons or vhb representatives at the universities at the end of February/beginning of March 2022.

Please note that for the SMART vhb funding line a collective application has to be submitted by the university. Therefore, if you are interested in developing one or more blended learning units, please contact Elvira Cyranka in time.

Trainings and workshops of the vhb

Online Event Series: Legal Issues in Online Teaching at the Virtual University of Bavaria (vhb)

The event series will take place in October/November 2021. The kick-off will be the nationwide network event "Update-Urheberrecht'" on October 28, 2021 from 10 am - 12 pm, which vhb will organize in cooperation with the E-Learning Academic Network e.V. (ELAN e.V.) and the Multimedia Kontor Hamburg (MMKH).

Registration for this event can be done directly via the MMKH homepage at the following link: www.mmkh.de/digitale-lehre/netzwerk-landesinitiativen/update-urheberrecht.html

Subsequently, three vhb practical workshops will be offered on November 8, 15 and 22, 2021, each from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The focus will be on the following aspects of copyright and data protection:

  •     Nov.   8, 2021: Copyright-compliant use of third-party materials.
  •     Nov. 15, 2021: Ownership of rights and granting of rights of use
  •     Nov..11, 2021: Data protection aspects of online teaching

The online workshop series takes place via 'Zoom' and is aimed at interested teachers as well as multipliers for e-learning at all vhb member universities. Participation is free of charge.

The event series will be held in German.

Online registration is required for participation in the practical workshops:
https://www.vhb.org/veranstaltungen/
 

New edition: Introductory workshop "Development of CLASSIC vhb courses"

On January 19, 2022, the revised introductory workshop "Development of CLASSIC vhb courses" will take place for the first time. Focused entirely on the requirements of the CLASSIC vhb line of offerings, participants will receive an overview of didactic planning, project management, course implementation and support in the one-day online event. Best-practice examples of various authoring tools and video software will be used to provide practical suggestions on how to start developing and designing your own course projects.

Further information and online registration:
https://www.vhb.org/veranstaltungen/
Registration: until 05.01.2022 (max. 25 people)
 

E-Tutor training: 21.02. until 03.04.2022 (Online presence session: 24.02.2022)

The effective and continuous support of students in their learning process is an essential element for the acceptance and success of e-learning.

The vhb's e-tutor training therefore offers you and your employees the opportunity to be trained as an e-tutor.

During the training you will learn,

  •     what tasks an e-tutor has and how he/she can perform them effectively
  •     how online learners can be supported individually and in groups and
  •     how virtual courses are organized and technically supervised.

During the training, the participants gain practical experience from the e-tutor's perspective and from the learner's perspective.

The training course is aimed at all interested parties who are tutors of existing vhb courses, but also at project managers and project staff whose courses are still being developed, as well as at multipliers for e-learning at the vhb member universities.

The e-tutor training takes place on the learning management system Moodle.

It consists of an online presence session and a 6-week online phase. The costs of the training are borne by the vhb.

Training language: German

Further information and online registration:
https://www.vhb.org/veranstaltungen/
Registration: until 13.02.2022

Contributor Workshop SMART vhb: Development and Provision of Learning Units in the Repository

Date: 02.04.2020, 10:30 - 15:45 - Canceled - The vhb will try to reschedule the event at a later date.

An overview of current vhb training courses is available at https://www.vhb.org/veranstaltungen/

Contact

The vhb representative at TUM is Dr. Anderas Fleischmann (ProLehre | Media and Didactics). He represents the TUM and is responsible for all vhb matters.

Teachers and employees of TUM are welcome to contact Elvira Cyranka (ProLehre) with questions and suggestions regarding CLASSIC vhb, OPEN vhb and SMART vhb.

General questions and suggestions concerning vhb should be addressed directly to vhb: info(at)vhb.org.