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Designing Hybrid Learning Spaces – Context Factors and Good Practices (HybridLR)
FundingFederal Ministry of Education and Research
Project description

With the increasing use of digital media, the "space" in which teaching and learning take place at universities is also changing. The systematic linking of physical and digital learning environments creates hybrid learning spaces in which teaching and learning scenarios can be implemented in a wide variety of personal constellations in different places and times. Such hybrid learning spaces and their design were the focus of the project „HybridLR“.

In cooperation with the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, the IWM researched approaches to and factors for the design of hybrid learning spaces in the context of higher education. The project team aimed to identify and generalize success factors for the design of educational processes in hybrid learning spaces. To this end, open, adaptable and multifaceted hybrid learning spaces were created, improved and empirically examined in an iterative process. The insights gained were complemented by the documentation and analysis of many different best practices for hybrid learning spaces in universities throughout Germany. The action and design knowledge acquired through this process was prepared in such a way that it can be effectively used for application in other contexts. In order to present the acquired knowledge as optimally as possible for other users, the effectiveness of different formats for presenting the results was also investigated. For this purpose, the project developed, tested and empirically researched design patterns in various forms.

The project results, including an extensive repository with design patterns for hybrid learning spaces, are available in the form of open-access publications via e‑ (in German), the IWM information portal on digital media in university teaching.


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