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Knowledge construction

Knowledge Construction Lab

The Knowledge Construction Lab deals with the analysis of processes of individual learning in interaction with collective knowledge construction, in which a group jointly uses interactive digital media to develop and process new knowledge. In particular, the group deals with knowledge construction in the context of collaboration of relatively large groups, such as in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, in citizen science communities or in online forums. With regard to the content aspects of the investigated knowledge construction scenarios, a broad spectrum of topics is addressed, ranging from scientific content to medical, historical, political and current social topics.

The lab concentrates its projects on three main topics: Knowledge construction on the internet, knowledge construction in health and science communication, and knowledge construction in higher education. The main focus of its research is on the application fields knowledge-related internet usage and teaching and learning with digital media in universities.

Team Knowledge construction


Collaborative Biases

Are individual biases mirrored in collaborative web contents? For instance, is the Ukraine presented in a systematically more favorable light than Russia in the Ukrainian Wikipedia article about the Crimean Crisis and is Russia favored in the Russian Wikipedia article about the Crimean Crisis? If biases such as this in-group bias are contained in online encyclopedias as well, these biases could shape the view of a broad audience.

Collaborative knowledge construction in Wikipedia

Have you ever looked something up on Wikipedia? Or have you also contributed yourself to Wikipedia? Web 2.0 is changing processes of knowledge construction. The question is how knowledge develops on Wikipedia and how the individual Internet user influences the construction of knowledge in turn.

Digital Learning Map 2020 | Success Factors of Digital Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

The LearnMap project evaluates existing empirical studies on the efficacy of digital teaching and learning at the university and maps national projects, products and concepts using digital media in higher education. For this, a framework model is being developed in order to evaluate existing teaching and learning arrangements from a learning science and psychological perspective, to assess their effectiveness and, on this basis, to foster the exchange between teachers and researchers.

Impact of different representations of scientific information on people’s knowledge and attitudes

In this research project we examine how different forms of presenting factual information influence people’s knowledge about and attitudes toward foxes. In particular, the project deals with the impact of different forms of visual and textual representations. It examines whether emotionalization through visual methods has a similar effect as emotionalization mediated by textual representations.

Medical online platforms as cognitive interfaces: The impact of individual and technological features on learning and processing of complex medical information

Patients and medically interested laypeople use online platforms to acquire knowledge about diseases and medical treatments. These online sources offer a broad range of information that differs in quality and comprehensiveness. A presentation format that is particularly suitable for representing the complexity of medical content are educational videos about medical interventions.

Meta project “Digitalisation in the Fields of Education” (Digi-EBF) - Teacher Education

The design and use of technology as well as the promotion of digital literacy are central fields of action in the field of education. For this, the meta project Digi-EBF (Digitization of the Education Sector) supports projects of the BMBF funding line for “Digitalisation in the Fields of Education” in the framework program “Empirical Educational Research”. The subproject of the IWM focuses on teacher education. Additionally, the online portal e-teaching.org serves as a platform.

OpenTeach: Experimental psychological analysis of open digital teaching

The project is based on experimental research on the analysis of open digital higher education. The research questions are concerned in particular with the opening of medical teaching for further disciplines, the opening of pre-clinical teaching to practice, and the opening of teaching for the discourse of different professions.

Physiotherapy Training 2.0

Accompanying the practical training of physiotherapists at the vocational school ulmkolleg, an internet-based learning platform was designed and implemented in the clinical education period. This platform also represents the research environment of the project. The aim of this platform is to accompany and support the clinical training on patients and the learning process of the students. Furthermore, research questions in the field of collaborative knowledge construction and individual learning are investigated over the entire course of training.

SALIENT: Search as Learning – Investigating, Enhancing and Predicting Learning during Multimodal Web Search

The Internet has become indispensable when it comes to searching for information. Such an information search can be understood as a self-regulated learning process: Constructing knowledge while surfing the seemingly endless data stream is a challenging task. The SALIENT project contributes to a better understanding of search as learning and develops methods to support the acquisition of knowledge through the Internet with the help of ranking and retrieval algorithms.

Smart Teaching Baden-Württemberg

The project Smart Teaching Baden-Wuerttemberg accompanies ten digitization projects at universities in Baden-Württemberg. It aims to support the sustainability of the projects and to gain insights into the factors of success and obstacles for projects in the field of digital innovations. For communicating reports and practical and scientific findings from the ten projects Smart Teaching BW works in close collaboration with the E-Learning-Information portal e-teaching.org of the IWM.

The influence of social identity integration on well-being, performance and information seeking behavior

The project investigates integration processes of individuals who possess more than one social identity because they belong to several relevant groups. Social identities can be more or less integrated in the self-concept. The project investigates the impact of social identity integration on well-being, on the effects of stereotype threat, and on the perception and selection of information coming from diverse group-related domains.

Transfer of evidence-based and co-produced Knowledge for Human Wolf Coexistence (KnowWolf)

The project examines how barriers of knowledge transfer in the field of human-carnivore coexistence can be overcome. It aims to develop a Digital Transfer Tool that addresses emotional barriers in addition to media and scientific literacy. The Digital Transfer Tool will be based on the use of tablets and a modular application featuring surveys and games in public locations in Germany and abroad.

WTimpact: The influence of collaborative knowledge development on attitudes and emotions

Whether it is record disks, pay back points, or garden gnoms: More than 50% of the citizens in Germany collect something. In so-called Citizen Science projects, citizens are increasingly collecting data about e.g. wildlife animals or bats. Yet, little is known so far about the success factors of these projects. Therefore, the aim of the WTimpact project is to investigate how to optimally design Citizen Science projects.

Former Projects

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