"This lecture course was a positive example of what is possible with e-learning today," says Raúl Rojas. Unlike courses offered on North American platforms such as Coursera or edX, this course was transmitted live. The quality of the signal transmission was excellent at all lectures and hence the quality of data the students received with the information on the chalkboards.
Apart from the technical challenges, there were also logistical problems to solve: The time difference of seven hours meant that students in Mexico had to be at the university very early. According to Rojas, the main challenge was "not being able to look students in the eyes. In Berlin I can tell by looking at the faces of the students, whether they understood or not, so I can adjust the tempo. By asking specific questions, I can speed up or slow down the pace of the lecture." In a video conference this type of interaction is much more difficult.
At the end of July, the Mexican students were issued European Transfer Credits from Freie Universität Berlin.