University of Bayreuth, Press Release No 002/2023 - 13 January 2023
Polymer research at home: new MOOC from University of Bayreuth
The fifth Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) of the University of Bayreuth will soon start on the learning platform edX. "Cellular Polymers: Structure, Properties, Processing, Applications" is the title of the course, in which learners can acquire knowledge about cellular polymers and polymer building materials in nine chapters. The MOOC was designed together with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Ruckdäschel and his team from the Department of Polymer Materials. Those interested can now register for the course free of charge and without obligation.
Whether in bicycle helmets, building insulation, sports shoes or wind turbines: polymers are building materials that have become indispensable in the modern world. In view of the future, the question of how these important materials can be produced, used and recycled in a sustainable manner arises again and again. The MOOC team at the University of Bayreuth has therefore teamed up with the Chair of Polymer Building Materials to create the fifth MOOC at the University of Bayreuth to date, a course that conveys both basic knowledge and expert knowledge and current research perspectives to learners.
With a total of nine chapters, "Cellular Polymers: Structure, Properties, Processing, Applications" is the most comprehensive MOOC at the University of Bayreuth to date. The course content reflects a broad spectrum of current research areas: from the structure of cellular polymers to influencing factors in their production to their versatile areas of application. The course is interdisciplinary and combines material sciences with engineering and natural sciences.
The course content was designed to be as interactive as possible and enriched with quizzes or animations. In the course of the course, the broad international audience repeatedly gains insights into the facilities of the University of Bayreuth. For example, in the question about types of production of polymer materials, learners are guided through a laboratory at the University of Bayreuth with the help of AR technology and can directly experience various processes via a first-person perspective. By presenting the learning content in a varied way, course participants are offered the most informative, exciting and entertaining learning experience possible.
"Cellular Polymers: Structure, Properties, Processing, Applications" was conceived and developed in close cooperation with colleagues from the Bayreuth Department of Polymer Materials. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Ruckdäschel is in front of the camera for the course. As course coordinator, he shares his expertise in the nine chapters, which he has gained through many years of professional experience in industry, and since the beginning of 2021 as head of the Chair of Polymer Materials and managing director of Neue Materialien Bayreuth.
The course "Cellular Polymers: Structure, Properties, Processing, Applications" will be open to interested parties from the end of January. Anyone who would like to can register for the course here free of charge and without obligation: https://www.edx.org/course/cellular-polymers.
About MOOCS and edX:
Founded by Harvard University and MIT, the edX platform offers around 3,000 MOOCs to more than 34 million learners from around the world. A MOOC is an educational resource available worldwide and free of charge with interactive elements, e.g. forum discussions, video conferences and videos with integrated feedback. These online courses are learning tools that help to acquire knowledge and skills for various purposes: exam preparation, university preparation, academic development, career development, career change, corporate training, personal development and much more. The University of Bayreuth has been on edX since 2021 and now offers five courses. The entire MOOC offer of the University of Bayreuth can be found here: https://www.edx.org/school/bayreuthx