Master's Introductory Week winter term 2020
Welcome to the Master's Introductory Week. If you start your studies in the computer science master program here at TU Kaiserslautern (TUK) this semester, then you're at the right place!
What is "EWoche" and what happens there?
The EWoche ("EinführungsWoche") is your introductory week especially for computer science students (do not confuse it with the Orientation Course by ISGS which is addressing all international students). Here, you will acquire information regarding your studies, have the opportunity to ask all kinds of questions which bothered you for so long, and of course you will also learn about other not-so-study-related things which might help you at TUK. Also, you will meet older CS students and (most importantly) get to know your fellow students (and future friends)!
Apparently, you made it to this website somehow. Congratulations! This is your first entry point to the EWoche! Also, feel free to browse through the website. If you land on a page with some German text written on it, then you are probably on the sites for the Bachelor's EWoche. If you speak German or are able to decipher those German words, then you can learn about what the Bachelor students are doing during their EWoche. Please note that you do not have to create an account here.
Your EWoche is organized by the department computer science and the Fachschaft computer science (you will learn what this is during your EWoche, don't worry) who also runs this website.
What should I do next?
Probably, you are wondering what are the next steps you should take before the lectures start on October 26th. Wonder no more!
Stay updated on COVID-19 ("Corona")
The Corona situation also forces us all to be creative with the limited options we have to make your start at TUK as smooth as possible. But we managed it well last semester and hope to do it even better this semester :) In case something still goes wrong (e.g., some of the other services do not work), we will publish a backup-location for the online-events here. So be sure to check this page regularly, although you will be even better informed, if you check the EWoche Mattermost-Team (see below).
Participate in your EWoche
Your EWoche will happen partly online and partly offline. But don't worry, if you cannot be in Kaiserslautern, all events will be streamed live! To successfully participate in your EWoche, there are a few websites and online-tools you should know. Since you are computer scientists, we hope that you will figure out how to use those tools yourself ;) For example, you can use this tutorial for accessing OLAT (it has nice pictures :D). If you still have problems (for example, if you have trouble with some things only being available in German), feel free to ask your Orgs Marc Dörr and Mohammadali Forouzesh. By the way, all of those websites and tools are hosted by the university themselves, so your data is safe.
You made it here to the EWoche-Website, great :) This is your entry-point, where you already get some information and an overview.
OLAT is a regional learning-platform. It is used by TUK for the organization of most courses for which we will also use it during the EWoche. You can find all the material shown to you during your EWoche there, you can access the live events from there, you can enroll for our Buddy program (more information to follow soon) there, and you will find additional things like a detailed schedule, a forum, and recordings of the live sessions there.
You can access the OLAT course for the EWoche here (password/access code: integer). To access OLAT, you need an RHRK-account, which you should've already gotten by that time. In case you do not have an RHRK-account yet, you can still access OLAT using this temporary solution:
Mattermost is an open-source, self-hosted Slack alternative. Most of the "short-term-communcation" during your EWoche and also for some lectures will take place on TUKs Mattermost-Server. On this server, anyone can create Mattermost-Teams (for example, there will be a Team for your EWoche) where people can then write in different channels, send private messages, and explore all the other features like video communication. Think of Mattermost like a chat program.
You can access the Mattermost-Team for the EWoche here. Use your RHRK-credentials to log in.
BigBlueButton is an open-source web-conferencing system. It is integrated into our Mattermost (can be accessed with the little camera in the top-right corner) and OLAT (can be accessed by clicking the respective link(s) in the menu of the OLAT course), so feel free to familiarize with it before you will have to use it for EWoche events and your lectures.
Get in touch with other students
Probably the best way to get in touch with other students these days is to join the Mattermost-Team of the Fachschaft where you will find many other bachelor and master CS students. Here, you can just chat, ask question, or just keep up-to-date with what people are talking about. You can also find people who are in the same semester or taking the same courses as you (even some professors are active there). Although most people talk in German here, everyone is able to speak English and it is totally fine to write in English as well. You can also organize yourself on other platforms, like a Discord-Server, of course.
During your EWoche, you will learn about the Buddy-Program. It is a mentoring-program offered by the Fachschaft, where you are assigned to your buddy, an older student, who will be answering your questions and help you in all situations your university-life in a new city has to offer (also the stuff you would not ask the public in Mattermost). Make sure to sign up in the OLAT course!
Tuesday, October 20 (Building 46 | Room 220, also streamed live to https://jitsi.informatik.uni-kl.de/cs-welcome-event-2020-21)
14:00 Welcome to CS@TUK
- Prof. Christoph Garth, Vice Dean of the Dept. of Computer Science
- Dr. Parya Memar, ISGS
- Christian Bogner, Course Coordinator
- Master Student
14:30 Fachschaft (Student council) introduces itself
- CS Student Body
15:00 Introduction of the Buddy Program
- Marc Doerr, Master Student
15:30 Online Tools explained
- Master Students, CS Student Body
16:00 Socializing Event
- Master Students, CS Student Body
Wednesday, October 21 (online, via BigBlueButton in the OLAT-course ("Virtual Seminarroom"))
14:00 Introduction to the IT-Services of the Department
- Colleagues from the “Service Center Informatik”
14:30 Hands-On Study Guide and Tips (open end)
- Master Students, CS Student Body
All times are local time (CEST). For more detailed information, please check the calender in the EWoche OLAT course.
In case you forgot about everything mentioned on this page so far, just make sure to attend the first event of your EWoche.
If you have questions, feedback, or really any kind of issue, please feel free to contact the Fachschaft members responsible for international students Mohammadali Forouzesh and Marc Dörr.
We are eager to get to know you, too, so don't be shy and contact us :)
Kind regards, your EWoche-Master Team