Not being able to travel is a shame? Come and try Remote Tourism! Join us in exploring, designing, and evaluating novel remote tourism experiences in our online summer course!
As many other countries in the world, Germany has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Early on in this global crisis, we sat and wondered how we could recreate online a summer course experience for international students.
We had an idea: What if we could allow you to explore Würzburg as virtual visitors through the eyes of a local student? Or even better; what if you could control the movements of a local German student in real time like a robot? Via a mobile, tablet or PC, you can explore Würzburg‘s vineyards, visit local museums, and roam through typical German stores by interacting – live – with a local Würzburgian wearing a camera, who will act as your eyes and body on a virtual exploratory tour.
Many questions about such novel remote tourism experiences are still unexlored: How to control the human robot? What would virtual visitors want to see and do in Würzburg? What interactions are possible and necessary to control the human robot?
In our online summer course we will develop Human-Computer Interaction concepts, explore and examine such remote tourism experiences together! By participating you will:
- Gain knowledge and practice in methods of user-centered design (user research, ideation, prototyping, evaluation)
- Complete a hands-on project for your portfolio
- Conceptualise novel remote tourism experiences
- Receive a certificate of study from the University of Würzburg
- Connect with German and other international students
- Have a remote tourism experience of Würzburg
So join us this year on our “remote trip” to Würzburg!
This two-week summer course will be held fully online. We will determine the period of the course together with you. When applying, please indicate which time period you would prefer:
(1) 31.05. - 11.06.21
(2) 06.09. - 17.09.21
The summer course will consist of about 2-to-4-hour sessions each working day that will take place between about 08:00 am and 12:00 am (GMT+2). We encourage students from all over the world to enroll and support us discovering novel remote tourism experiences. Since we are interested in intercultural perspectives and were able to raise funds for this, we can offer this summer course free of charge to international students. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of study from the University of Würzburg (5 ECTS).