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Update! January 2021

11/01/2021

Topics: Test runs for online exams / Applying for an English-taught Master's program / Course catalog for the summer semester / Applying for an exchange semester / WU Mobility Grant special support / Become a mentor / How to: Bewerbung / Lessons learned from distance teaching and learning / Reopening of Language Resource Center / Online office hours for first-semester Bachelor's students / Research tips from the library

Is Your Technical Equipment Ready for Written Online Exams? Join Our Test Runs to Find Out (Start: January 14, 2021)

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Are you planning to take a written online exam with online supervision in January? Take part in our test runs starting on January 14, 2021. 

The next exam week will be held online from January 25 – 29, 2021. If you plan to take a written online exam with online supervision, do a test run in mid-January. Joining one of our test runs will allow you to see how a written online exam with online supervision works on MyLEARN, what the exam environment looks like, what question types are possible (multiple choice, cloze, downloading and re-uploading documents, etc.), and if your technical equipment works. Once you have taken a test run, you will be much more relaxed during your real exams in late January.

Learn more about our test runs

General information on online exams

Apart from the test runs, you can do a browser multimedia test any time to check your setup (camera, microphone, and screen recording) for written online exams with online supervision.  

Wishing you all the best for your test runs and real exams.

If you have questions, we will be happy to help: online.exam@wu.ac.at

Application for WU’s English-Taught Master’s Programs - Prority Deadline III

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The application period (priority deadline III) for our English-taught master’s programs starting in the 2021/22 winter semester ends on March 8, 2021. (Please note that for the International Management/CEMS master’s program, only the first two priority deadlines apply. Your last chance to apply for this program was on January 8, 2021.)

You do not need a completed bachelor’s program in order to apply.

Please check our program-specific application requirements and application procedures online.

Course Catalog for the 2021 Summer Semester Is Expected to Go Online on January 25, 2021

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The course catalog (VVZ) for the upcoming 2021 summer semester is expected to be available online on January 25, 2021. In the course catalog, you will find all the courses offered in the summer semester. You can click on each course number to view a commented entry with detailed course information. Please check the dates given in the course catalog on a regular basis because course dates and lecture rooms may be subject to change.

Open-Minded and Curious? Apply Now for an Exchange Semester in the Winter Semester 2021/22!

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Bachelor’s students who would like to spend the winter semester 2021/22 at one of our partner universities in Europe and overseas can apply until January 29, 2021 (12 noon). Master’s students can apply during the same period for universities in Europe and overseas as well.

Furthermore, you are welcome to attend our small group advisory meetings and workshops. Get first-hand information on all exchange-related matters. We are looking forward to meeting you online!

You want to learn more? The latest updates from the International Office can be found here:

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WU Mobility Grant Special Support: Everyone Should Be Able to Gain International Experience!

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#equalopportunities

You have always dreamed of spending a semester abroad at one of WU's partner universities, but you did not have the financial means to do so? Or do you feel at disadvantage due to personal and/or physical reasons and always thought that such an adventure was out of question?

Now you have the chance to apply for special support. Each academic year, 10 WU mobility grants including special support are awarded. For the first time, you can apply for this grant from February 1 to February 15, 2021. Good to know: Special support can only be awarded for an exchange stay at a partner university in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, Latin America, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, and Ukraine.

Did we spark your interest? Then click on our website. There you will find further information about the application process, the award criteria and requirements.

We are looking forward to your application!

The latest updates from the International Office can be found here:

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Supporting Others While Honing Important Soft Skills? Become a Mentor!

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This information is available in German only. To learn more, please refer to the German version of this page.

How to: Bewerbung

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Have you ever googled "job application"? There are close to 2.4 billion results! Let's make it more compact: The Application Guide “How to: Bewerbung”* is your all-in-one resource to start your career. Here, you will find everything you need for your application – from application documents to job interviews to first days in a new job. Read it now online – or get your free copy from us at the WU ZBP Career Center as soon as we are all back on campus.

*only available in German

Lessons Learned: the Experiences of Faculty and Students with Distance Teaching and Distance Learning at WU

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Distance learning during the 2020 summer semester was accompanied by a comprehensive survey project. In addition to faculty and university management, many of you also supported this project with surveys and in focus groups.

We would like to present some lessons learned and implemented measures here.

The leap into cold water!

When the Covid-19 measures made it impossible for students to physically attend classes in the 2020 summer semester, almost all of WU's 2,000 courses were switched to an online format within 24 hours. The results of the student surveys show that the majority of students (65%) felt well informed about the new conditions, in a timely and regular manner. In addition, a continuously updated student information hub was implemented to offer important updates, information on online tools, and tips for (distance) learning.

Success factors in online teaching from the students' perspective

From the students' perspective, teaching formats that alternated between synchronous teaching elements (i.e., instructor input via MS Teams) and methods that allow for asynchronous learning have worked well. It was also perceived helpful when tasks were distributed over the course of the entire semester with as much freedom as possible in the allocation of time while the course still provided a framework and structure.

It was particularly noteworthy that both teachers and students indicated that the commitment of the other group was remarkably high. Both groups reported a pronounced team spirit: students frequently stated that they remembered committed, helpful and competent teachers in the online lectures. Conversely, instructors often indicated that high student engagement and students’ positive feedback were some of the good experiences during the time of distance learning. The kind of team spirit, where learning takes place on an equal footing and is based on mutual understanding for the situation of both sides, was seen as “best practice” by students. For the future, students wish for instructors to adopt positive aspects of online teaching to “regular teaching” so that there would be mixed forms between distance and face-to-face teaching even when distance learning wouldn’t be of necessity anymore.

Challenge of contact and interaction/feedback

For teachers, motivation and active participation of students are important for online teaching to work. Contact and availability of teachers are central for students. Students perceived the lack of (personal) interaction with instructors and fellow students as the biggest challenge of the summer semester 2020. Especially for first-year students, it was difficult to get in touch with fellow students. Therefore, this semester, the “Welcome Days” were held online giving students the opportunity to participate.

Online Exams

Many students have reported that online exams had some advantages over face-to-face exams. However, trouble-free technology is essential for the functioning of online exams and was challenging at times. Many students also criticize the sequencing of questions and wish for the time required to answer the exam questions to be reasonable. This new situation and the fear of technology or internet connection failure has led to additional stress for many students before and during the exam. Extra test runs for online exams were therefore introduced on behalf of WU, and programs to support students were also expanded. Among other things, a new platform, Counselling@home, was developed, where helpful information and tools on exam anxiety and stress management are provided. In addition, Online Round Tables und STC-Talks are held on an ongoing basis, e.g. on the topics of pressure and stress, as well as motivation, procrastination and one's weaker self. 

In the case of remote “take-home” exams, the independence from continuously functioning technology is perceived positively, just as free time management. In the case of seminar papers and homework, students appreciate the smooth process, which is comparable to classroom work, as well as flexible, independent work and high learning effects. This positive learning progress is also reflected in the assessment of the teachers: 73.5% of the teachers were very satisfied with the performance of their students over distance learning formats.

Study progress in distance learning

The WU campus is important for exchange and contact with other students and many students describe it as challenging to study from home instead of on campus and to maintain motivated while doing so. 33% of students feared a delay in study time because of the given situation. In addition, workload was perceived higher and thus as a burden - especially when content had to be acquired through self-study. Positive aspects in terms of study progress were reported as increased flexibility and the elimination of commuting, which made it easier to combine studies with work and/or family. All things considered, most students handled the new situation well: 64% of all students said they coped very well or well with distance learning.

Reopening of the Language Resource Center

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From January 25, 2021, the Language Resource Center will open again. As the number of places will be limited, please make a reservation beforehand through the system of the main library if you want to come to the Language Resource Center.

Borrowing books and language learning material is still possible via lrc@wu.ac.at. You will not need a reservation for collecting reserved books. Do not hesitate to contact us via email for information on lending books or on specific materials.

Language courses summer semester 2021

Our course program for the next semester is already online. Registration starts on February 1, 2021. For some intensive courses in February registration is already open.

 

Online Office Hours for First-Semester Bachelor’s Students: January 15, 2021

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Are you currently in the first semester of your bachelor’s program at WU? WU’s Study Information team is there for you – also in times of a coronavirus lockdown.

If you have questions on your studies, on planning your semester, or on WU in general, meet us during our online office hours – especially for new bachelor’s students in their first semester. There we will answer your questions via Microsoft Teams. Our next office hour will be on:

Please note: The office hour will be in German; however, you can also ask your questions in English and we will answer in English.

You can of course also reach us by email or phone: studieninfo@wu.ac.at and 01-31336-3500 (Mon – Thur, 09:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon). While our email and phone services are for all students at WU, our online office hours are exclusively for first-semester bachelor’s students.

We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you during one of our online office hours!

     

WU Library: Tips for Your Research

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WU Library's open access eLearning program Fit4Research provides you with tips and tricks for your research as well as short video tutorials on how to use the law databases Lexis360, RDB, and RIDA. (These specific tutorials are in German only, as the majority of publications contained in these databases is only available in German.)

For more in-depth questions about your research, please join our virtual search_bar or use the research consultation service.

You are looking for business information or would like to use a reference management software? We will be happy to answer your questions in one of our library workshops.

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