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Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Tübingen: Informational Environments

Lifelong learning is no longer a mere idea but has become something most people in our society take for granted. However, lifelong learning is by no means limited to traditional, formal, and institutional contexts, but is increasingly found in informal contexts as well. Modern media, chief of all the World Wide Web, are perfectly suited for the latter type of learning. These developments are changing the educational landscape altogether. From this wealth of information at their hands, learners combine distinct elements according to their interests, needs, and abilities, which they access on a regular basis. This personalized subset of knowledge is called "informational environment."

The changed educational landscape described above has a number of characteristic properties that influence educational processes in a special way: a) an enormous variety of (sometimes conflicting) information and diverse media formats, taken from both formal and informal contexts; b) new possibilities to represent and process information, and c) the fact that learning processes are embedded into a social context. At the ScienceCampus Tübingen, pivotal research questions concerning prerequisites for and obstacles to these developments and the design of media which are able to support educational processes in formal and informal contexts are addressed.

The ScienceCampus Tübingen "Informational Environments“ is the first ScienceCampus to be realized nationwide in the context of the identically named initiative by the Leibniz Association. The Knowledge Media Research Center along with the University of Tübingen initiated this interdisciplinary reseach network. Further partners are the Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, the University of Freiburg, and the Freiburg University of Education, and the Stuttgart Media University.

Its objective is to establish a denser network with a clear strategic focus to further the development of empirical educational research in Tübingen and to strengthen the scientific field dealing with this topic. For this purpose, the ScienceCampus Tübingen bundles expertise from psychology, sociology, educational research, computer science, economics, media science, and medicine. In eight topic clusters comprising 27 projects overall, questions concerning knowledge-related processes influenced by digital media are addressed.



2009 – 2016


Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts, Baden-Württemberg, University of Tuebingen, Leibniz Association




University of Tuebingen

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