Similar to the practical field of schools, universities represent a formal learning space in which learning processes are intended and didactically supported. University teaching has always been an innovative field for the usage of knowledge media. Multi-medially augmented texts, simulations, dispersed labs and dynamic visualizations are only a few examples. Digital media support self-regulated and cooperative learning, both in classical concepts of classroom teaching such as lectures and seminars, as well as for preparation and follow-up of events or so-called „flipped classroom“-concepts, in which students acquire the subject matter mainly individually and with the help of media while the class is used for in-depth learning and discussion. These processes can be augmented by learning analytics or by the use of online diaries to assess the learning progress.
In this field, our research wants to answer questions such as:
- How can digital teaching make university teaching more attractive, open, practically relevant and interdisciplinary?
- What can digital teaching do to prepare students for the flexible demands of working life?
The IWM has always regarded the practical field of universities as relevant. The portal e-teaching.org, run by the IWM, has accompanied and documented the development of digital university teaching since 2003. e-teaching.org established a community of stakeholders which discusses current trends and presents them to a broader audience. With its newsletters, online events and material the portal offers an important foundation for the qualification of university teachers.
In 2016, German federal and state governments started several funding programs for the digitalization of universities and the IWM participates to a large extend in these programs.