Status: 27 January 2021 - information for students
Regarding the current situation, and with official recommendations and regulations in force, online teaching and exams taken digitally will continue during the summer semester - as is the case at other public universities - according to the principle "as much online as possible, as much on-campus as necessary".
The situation and framework conditions are being monitored on an ongoing basis. From today's perspective, we will be able to reassess in mid-April 2021 whether the current high safety regulations will be gradually eased again. As usual, we will keep you updated on any changes in time. Although it is only possible to make predictions conditionally, we are hoping that, in the light of developments over the next few months, it will be possible to resume on campus operations to a large extent and on a regular basis in the winter semester of 2021/22, while complying with safety regulations.
The university is constantly developing its online teaching and learning, and digital teaching and learning is carried out at our high standard and quality level with fully valid ECTS-Points.
In February, we will conduct another student survey; today I would like to invite you to participate and give us feedback, which will be considered in the planning of the summer semester. You will be sent the link to the survey separately. Apart from the survey, your course directors as well as I personally are at your disposal and always appreciative towards your valuable feedback and suggestions.
Due to COVID-19, we were facing a number of challenges in the past year. At the same time, we were able, together with you, to place stronger emphasis on new impulses, develop cooperative online scenarios, and to thereby generate additional learning effects. Universities in particular offer a good example on how to proactively deal with extraordinary situations.
Status: 2 November 2020 - information for students
As reported in media, last Saturday the Austrian Federal Government has announced to impose far-reaching measures to contain the corona pandemic. Among other steps, from tomorrow on (Tuesday, 3 November), digitally non-substitutable lectures shall switch to online teaching. Due to this, there will neither be any on-campus courses at Danube University Krems from this day on, provided that the online format is meaningful in sense of didactics; this also applies to lectures that are held off-campus (e.g. in the context of cooperation courses). However, lectures out of didactic reasons needed to be held in classrooms (e.g. in certain cases in the medical or artistic field) may still to be given on-campus, yet according to the compliance with the security regulations.
We will continue to provide distance learning in full quality and ECTS-value over the upcoming weeks - as we did in the last summer semester, with over 80% of our students rating the online teaching as "very good" or "good".
You will shortly receive detailed information on how your forthcoming lectures will be held in November, and your respective course director will immediately inform you about further developments.
Status: 9 September 2020 – information
Danube University Krems will provide teaching in accordance with the legal regulations and following the "COVID-19 Guidelines of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research for a secure university operation" in the winter semester 2020/21.
On these bases, there are different scenarios possible, even including class-room teaching - yet under certain conditions. A comprehensive COVID-19 prevention concept will be sent to you, in good time before the semester starts. It is based on the Ministry's guidelines for an adaptive university operation on the "Corona traffic light" system (green-yellow-orange-red) the Ministry of Health issued.
The following didactic variants are available for university teaching, depending on the applicable "traffic light level":
- Class-room lectures
- Dual lectures (class-room teaching simultaneously with live transmission from the lecture-room)
- Hybrid scenarios (such as blended learning) or
- Only online teaching.
Your responsible course director will inform you in time about the specific didactic scenario, and the exact modalities of class-room, dual, hybrid or online teaching. In any case, Danube University Krems is well prepared for all variants ahead, in order to ensure full quality teaching for the coming academic year.
Although there will be a certain challenge in the winter semester to deal with - as in the previous semester, when most of the teaching took place online - I am not only looking forward to possibly meeting on campus again, but also to the many stimulating ideas and extra flexibility in time and place, that will arise from the new, innovative teaching formats.
If you have any questions or further suggestions, your course directors as well as the Vice-Rector for Educational Affairs/Academic Continuing Education will be happy to answer them personally and assist at any time.
Status: 30 June 2020 – information
An eventful summer semester 2020 is coming to an end. COVID-19 caused unprecedented situations and many challenges; nevertheless, digital teaching was able to be carried out in almost all curricula. Not only the long-time experience of Danube University Krems with blended learning formats but also thanks to the exemplary cooperation of our lecturers and the commitment of our students, this was made possible. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to congratulate you warmly as well thank you for the numerous positive feedbacks you expressed.
The results of an evaluation our Office for Quality Management and Teaching Enhancement conducted showed that about 80 per cent of you rated the preliminary switchover from classroom teaching to digital teaching as very good or good (source: internal evaluation of 125 courses). The positive aspects given range from "additional learning effects" to "new methodological skills".
Apart from digital teaching and exams taken digitally, it has been possible for some time now to maintain classroom teaching in compliance with all safety regulations concerning individual courses and exams that are not able to be carried out digitally (e.g. practical exercises).
Danube University Krems was able to provide its services seamlessly and will of course continue to do so: as to reopening the library (except for the reading rooms) or for example inviting to virtual events of our Alumni Club. Furthermore, the building of Danube University Krems will be reopened on 6 July 2020.
We are planning to implement the regular operation or on-campus operations in compliance with COVID-19-relevant safety regulations for the winter semester 2020.
However, should dynamic developments occur, we are, as you know, well prepared regarding digital teaching and online exams.
With this in mind, we wish you every success for the remaining exams and theses, relaxing summer holidays you all have deserved, and we are looking forward in particular to seeing you again on-campus in the new semester.
Status: 8 April 2020 – information
In accordance with the current stipulations made by the Federal Government, Danube University Krems - like other public universities – will convert classroom teachings to online settings until 30 June 2020.
The support to continue your study course in the best possible way remains our defined goal. Danube University Krems is particularly well geared up for e-learning due to its long-standing expertise and acquired strengths in the "blended learning" format. Hence, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the positive feedback. The majority of the attendance courses have switched to e-learning and we will certainly continue this active pursuit. Cases in which the attendance units could not be converted into online will be made up for after presumably 30 June (the objective is to keep the time periods end of July/August clear).
In the meantime it has been ensured, that exams can be held online. Likewise, the submission of seminar and final papers still continues to be possible as usual. In principle, submission deadlines can be extended should the COVID-19 situation make it necessary.
Although the premises of Danube University Krems remain inaccessible, we would like to assure at this point that all important services and contact persons are available for you either online or by phone. The library is closed due to regulatory requirements, but we are working on finding an alternative solution for borrowings. Until then, we would like to point out that a large amount of scientific literature is available via our online databases. Selected articles, which are not online can be scanned and send via e-mail for you.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your respective course director. Further you will also find more information on individual topics in the appendix (special problems with COVID-19, continuation reports,..) as needed (german version, english version will be online soon).
We would like to express our gratitude for your commitment, your understanding and your valuable contributions as well as your cooperation during this challenging time. It is our conviction that the current situation also opens different positive aspects, spanning from new methodological skills to additional learning effects.
Status: 20 March 2020 – information
Danube University Krems is also in a special and challenging situation. However, it is our declared ambition to support you, dear students, in your progress of studies in the best possible way and to keep possible delays as small as possible, or to avoid them by innovative or even individual solutions.
As you know, Danube University Krems has suspended all courses with attendance until April 14th due to official regulations. However, where possible and reasonable, these are partly carried out in online teaching, a catch-up of failed attendance units is of course planned. For further information please contact your course director.
Furthermore, we would like to emphasize that final exams are possible online via video conferencing.
At the same time we would like to mention that although the library is closed until April 14th, a large part of the scientific literature is available to you via our online databases.
As usual, all contact persons as well as essential services for students of Danube University Krems are still at your disposal - however, currently only by phone, e-mail or online.
Concerning individual requests for continuation fees, we would like to inform you that we are aware that this is an issue for some colleagues and that we are currently working on a solution in case there are delays due to the current situation.
For further questions please contact your respective course director at any time.
Status: 13 March 2020 – information
Due to the special situation concerning the topic "Coronavirus" the Rectorate asks you not to come to Danube University Krems until April 14th.
Until then, there is no possibility given for personal communication at the university such as counselling, admission interviews, etc. This also applies also to exams.
The library including borrowing, learning zones as well as the study service centre are closed, but are available by telephone and e-mail.
For further questions, please contact the course director by e-mail or telephone.
We ask for your understanding for the steps taken necessary in this exceptional situation and will try to keep the impact on your study as low as possible.
Status: 4 March 2020 – information
In coordination with the authorities, we ask our staff and students to take the following measures:
1) Persons, who experience typical symptoms of coronavirus or who have been to any by the WHO designated risk regions are asked to voluntarily reduce their social contacts considerably and to stay away from the university during the first 14 days after returning from these areas. Classified risk regions by the WHO are currently Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Singapore, China, and the Italian regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna.
2) Affected students are asked to contact the respective course director via telephone or e-mail for this period.
3) Affected employees should contact their superior by telephone or e-mail. Employees with care responsibilities can stay at home if needed. In this case, please clarify the next steps (dependant care leave, home office etc.) with your superior by telephone. Due to the special situation a confirmation of illness is not required in the case of absences; a presentation of plausible reason for non-attendance is enough.
4) In case of a suspected infection with COVID-19 please follow the instructions of NOTRUF NÖ GMBH: http://notrufnoe.com/coronavirus/ - please contact the number 1450
5) Please inform us about all (suspected) cases of coronavirus by sending an e-mail to: email@example.com.
6) Please note the current travel warnings issued by the Ministry of European and International Affairs (https://www.bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reisewarnungen/).
7) You will find detailed information on the coronavirus (symptoms, procedure and prevention) on the website of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety GmbH (AGES): https://www.ages.at/themen/krankheitserreger/coronavirus
8) Please follow the general recommendations by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior.