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Transfer of scientific findings on the use of digital media in education

WorkgroupKnowledge Construction
FundingFederal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Project description

Research knowledge can be disseminated in various ways. Nowadays, the focus is often placed on digital media. However, digital media as a source of knowledge come with a number of challenges. In view of these, this project investigates within the framework of the "Metavorhaben Digitalisierung im Bildungsbereich II" the transfer of scientific findings on the use of digital media in education via the internet with a user-centered focus on the trustworthiness of knowledge sources.

In a digitalised world, internet services are becoming increasingly important in the communication of scientific knowledge. However, with the growing range of digital sources of knowledge, the amount of non-scientifically sound information, half-truths, and misinformation is also increasing. It is therefore important to understand what conditions must be in place to ensure the successful transfer of scientific knowledge using digital media. In order to contribute to answering this question, this project examines the extent to which the ability of users of digital knowledge media can be promoted to distinguish between trustworthy and less trustworthy sources of knowledge. The focus of the project is on various laboratory experiments in which techniques are used that aim to support decisions that promote learning. The laboratory experiments are an important part of the project as they provide the opportunity to derive practical implications for educational administration in the digital context. The aim is to develop evidence-based measures that promote the transfer of scientific findings on the use of digital media in education.
In addition, usage data analyses, print media analyses, and user surveys are carried out in relation to the digital education platforms,, and These are used to gain insights into user behaviour, the change in scientific knowledge through media in the public sphere, and the ability of the addressees to qualitatively assess digital knowledge media and their content. The findings from these analyses will also be examined for practical implications and used for the empirically guided development of the above-mentioned platforms.

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