Getting started

Finding a partner at University of Potsdam

If you are planning a collaboration with teachers of University of Potsdam there are several ways to get in contact. First you could draft somebody from your own network, maybe a colleague you have worked with before. If you cannot find his or her contact information you can ask the OIL.UP team to find this information.

If you  do not have somebody already in mind you can send your request for a collaboration directly to OIL.UP – on our website we provide a contact sheet that once filled out will be integrated in our database. The team will then contact several teachers who teach a similar subject as you do. Once a promising partner is found OIL.UP will connect you with the person in question.

Should nobody respond to your request in the term you suggested, we will keep your information to contact you later if an opportunity for a collaboration arises.

Modes of teaching and learning – The pre- and full-oiling scenarios of teaching

We distinguish two different models of teaching an OIL.UP class. With the two models Pre-Oiling and Full-Oiling we provide teachers flexibility in their demands for a collaboration. The models orientate themselves on the needs, capabilities and resources one can invest into working with University of Potsdam. The idea of the models will be briefly discussed in this section.

Pre-Oiling – short term collaborations with high potentials

As Pre-Oiling we understand short-term collaborations that aim at specific topics during a regular course. This means that single sessions can integrate collaborative elements, such as the virtual classroom or small student projects in international groups. The focus of Pre-Oiling is to get a first impression of Online International Learning and to keeps costs (in terms of time, planning etc.) for both, students and teachers, low.

As the Pre-Oiling format focusses on single collaborative sessions and encourages student to self-organize in small groups it is the perfect model for asynchronous collaborations between institutions with a big time difference. As asynchronous we understand course formats that do not rely on students contact during their attendance time in university.

We suggest to use a variety of e-Learning tools for organizing as well as documentation of results. For this purpose, e-Learning platforms such as University of Potsdam’s international Moodle or Blackboard, Facebook groups or academic blogs can be integrated into the course.

Full-Oiling – blended learning scenarios in internationalized teaching

Long term collaborations that take the whole term into account are labeled as Full-Oiling. Within Full-Oiling blended learning concepts are applied, whereby the focus of this scenario is set on student interaction with their international peers. We expect our students to work in- and outside their presence time at the university with the international group. Within university, e-Learning tools such as the virtual classroom foster the intercultural exchange and digital-mobility-experience. Outside university students work together on projects such as creating an academic poster, writing a term paper together or getting into discussion via blogposts and feedbacks.

When using the Full-Oiling model, teachers should create a joint syllabus for their classes. The idea is to connect both classes over the whole term and that students share their learning outcomes with their international peers. Other than Pre-Oiling, in this model more preparations and work are needed to successfully organize your OIL.UP class. As a result, the degree of internationalization and collaboration for your class will be highly increased and gives you and your student a real international experience while staying at your home university.

When you plan to collaborate with teachers from University of Potsdam you and your colleague should be on the same page which model to apply, this is one of the first decisions for successful planning.