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FundingIWM budget resources
Project description

The use of digital media in higher education seems to be taken for granted today - but a closer look reveals that its potential is often far from being fully exploited. This applies both to traditional forms, such as the use of learning management systems, and to new developments, such as the design of hybrid learning spaces or the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in teaching. These examples illustrate the importance of continuous, low-threshold and quality-assured support for the use of digital media in teaching.

The information and qualification portal "" has been pursuing precisely this goal since its launch in 2003. The portal specifically targets university lecturers and those responsible for e-learning at universities in German-speaking areas and has won several prestigious awards, such as the Comenius EduMedia Award. It aims to support the didactically meaningful integration of digital media in teaching and to encourage the testing of innovative teaching scenarios through a comprehensive, scientifically based Open Access programme developed in collaboration with the community. "" contributes to the networking and exchange between science and practice by promoting the transfer of research results into practice and by providing impulses for further research based on practical experience.
In its eight sections, the portal provides a wide range of topics such as didactical, technological and organizational aspects. The content is regularly being extended and updated. The presentation formats include texts, audios and video features, online events with e-learning experts and more as well as several social media channels.
Acknowledging the necessity of strong partnerships, "" cooperates with more than 100 universities and other partners in German-speaking countries. The community section of the portal offers the over 8.9000 members a broad range of functions.
For the IWM, fulfils three main functions: It is a sensor for current e-learning trends as well as a tool for transfer and for research. Therefore, the central tasks of the editorial team include the identification of promising ways to utilize knowledge media for learning. This sensor function allows the IWM to identify current trends at an early stage and to take up relevant issues in research. At the same time, the portal can be used to collect data in the field. Ever since its beginning, "" has also served to communicate research results of the IWM to the public.


Moren than 100 partner universities & university alliances (in German)

  • Thillosen, A., & Kehrer, M. (2023). Hochschulbildung seit Corona – ein (erneutes) Plädoyer für Vernetzung, Zusammenarbeit und Diskurs. In U. Dittler & C. Kreidl (Eds.), Wie Corona die Hochschullehre verändert: Erfahrungen und Gedanken aus der Krise zum zukünftigen Einsatz von eLearning (pp. 55-76). Springer. 

  • Thillosen, A. (2019). Digitale Lehr- und Lernszenarien. Hagen: FernUniversität in Hagen (Kursnummer 33062) 

  • Arnold, P., Kilian, K., Thillosen, A., & Zimmer, G. (Eds.). (2018). Handbuch E-Learning: Lehren und Lernen mit digitalen Medien. Bertelsmann.

Website (in German)