A Cross-University Massive Open Online Course on Communication Acoustics
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet), 2017
Four of the nine big Technical Universities in Germany, together with Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, have developed a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the subject of Communication Acoustics. The idea is to improve education on the late Bachelor or early Master level by joining expertise available at individual universities, and implementing this into an online course offered both to local as well as remote students. The course started in winter term 2016 and is hosted on the eDX platform. It is offered in English language and roughly divided into two parts: The first part covers basics on acoustics, signal processing, human hearing, speech production, as well as electroacoustics and psychoacoustics. The second part introduces selected applications, such as sound recording and reproduction, sound fields and room acoustics, binaural technology, speech technology, as well as product sound design. The course material consists of explanatory videos and text as well as audiovisual material, exercises, as well as self-assessments. The final examination takes place as a written or online exam, with physical presence at the contributing sites. The talk will provide insights into the experiences we made, and illustrates how we overcame the obstacles inherent to cross-university education.