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Panel Session: Online Teaching Strategies

Online teaching strategies are becoming increasingly important, especially in this pandemic period. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, teaching sessions moved abruptly from on-site to online. In order to discuss common practices and strategies supporting online teaching we organize a panel discussion at GeCon. We will address topics like remote labs, online evaluations, and challenges when teaching online. The panel discussion will feature well-known experts from academia and industry but we also heartily invite you to​​​​​ join this discussion and participate with your opinion and experience.


Anton Klotz (Cadence Design System)

Anton Klotz is University Program Manager at Cadence Design System, responsible for the EMEA region. Besides providing academic licenses to hundreds of universities and research institutes, representing Cadence at various conferences, being General Chair of Academic Track at CadenceLive Europe, he manages government-funded projects and business with academic startups. Anton Klotz is Young People Program Chair at DATE conference 2022, where he has introduced numerous online formats like BarCamp, online Career Fair, or cloud-based hands-on workshops.

Claudius Terkowsky (Technical University of Dortmund)

Claudius Terkowsky (Dipl.-Paed.) is researcher, lecturer and trainer at the Center for Higher Education (CHEd) at TU Dortmund University. His research interests are teaching and learning in Higher Education, Higher STE(A)M Education, and Learning and Working 4.0 - especially in cross-reality laboratories. Since 2009 he has been involved in seven national and international collaborative research projects on Higher Engineering Education and has been an active member of the global lab developer community. He has published around 100 scientific articles, book chapters, and conference papers and is coeditor of several books and journal special issues on Higher Education Research, research on teaching and learning in the instructional laboratory  and research on creativity and innovation in engineering education (

Sebastian Zug (TU Bergakademie Freiberg)

Sebastian Zug is a Professor for "Software Development and Robotics" at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany) since 2018. He studied mechanical engineering and received his PhD in computer science from Otto-von-Guerike Universtät Magdeburg (Germany) in 2012. His research interests are focused on outdoor robotics and self-describing, intelligent components. Based on a broad experience in bachelor and master course in programming and embedded systems, he develops new concepts for practical oriented engineering courses. This includes new open source course materials including interactive programming sessions, simulation tools and remote access on laboratory equipment.

Jan-Christian Kuhr (Stralsund University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
He is since 2016 professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering of Stralsund University of Applied Sciences, Germany. There he co-initiated the DistLab project that aims the extension of classical engineering labs by introducing virtual twins. His teaching includes physics, sensor technology, and control systems. Jan-Christian Kuhr received his Ph.D. in physics from Rostock University and worked for many years in the software consulting industry. His research interests are focused on the measurement of structural mechanical properties by the method of optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR).

Jan Haase (Nordakademie University of Applied Sciences)

Jan Haase (M’07, SM’09) received his Ph.D. degree in computer sciences at University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany. He was project leader of many research projects at University of Technology in Vienna, Austria and a lecturer at Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany, where he also got his habilitation degree. He held a temporal professorship for Organic Computing at University of Luebeck, Germany and now is a full professor at Nordakademie near Hamburg, Germany.
His main technical interests are building automation, system specification and modeling, simulation, low-power design methodologies, wireless sensor networks, automatic parallelization, and modern computer architectures. Furthermore he is working on engineering education and innovative teaching concepts. He repeatedly acted as TPC chair, track chair, etc. at international conferences. He (co)-authored more than 100 peer reviewed journal and conference papers and several book chapters and is a continuous member of several technical program committees. As an IEEE volunteer, he currently is Germany Section’s Chair, has been Austria Section’s Chair and is active in IEEE R8, having been R8 Conference Coordinator, R8 Professional Activities Chair, and a member of several R8 committees. In IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, he is a voting AdCom member. On IEEE HQ level he served on the Conference Finance Committee and chaired the Adhoc on Cultural Differences in the IEEE Conferences Committee. He also continuously served as a mentor on the IEEE VoLT program since the very first season.