2008-12-19 | Season's greetings
At KMRC, the members of the delegation - more than 20 high-ranking guests from the higher educational sector in China - informed themselves about movements and trends within the scope of e-learning and e-teaching. KMRC offered its international guests an interesting program: Besides the presentation of current research at KMRC in the above mentioned field, some specific areas were highlighted: aspects of functionality and didactic design, of quality assurance and media technology were explained on the basis of e-learning and e-teaching projects, for example on basis of the KMRC led project e-teaching.org.
The visit was organized by the Chinese-German Association for the international exchange of experience of high qualified staff from industry and science.
Recently, national initiatives to foster excellent research and teaching at German universities have become popular. The next live webcast organized by the e-teaching.org project at KMRC will therefore deal with the question "What is excellent teaching?". Guest speaker and expert in the live chat is Sanita Battaglia, chairwoman of the German organization Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Hochschuldidaktik (DGHD). The lecture will be held in German.
People interested in joining the discussion can find further information and login data on the e-teaching.org website: www.e-teaching.org/community/communityevents/ringvorlesung/
In his opening speech, the director of KMRC, Prof. Hesse, will explain to the public audience why the extra-faculty institute runs an island in Second Life to research into the potenial of 3D-worlds for computer supported collaborative and individual learning. The new KMRC-island will host spacious buildings and a new meeting area for various online-events coming up in the future. Interested avatars are cordially invited to visit us at
Johann Holland (Association Institut de Recherche et d'Innovation, Centre Pompidou, Paris) gives a talk on "Amateurs of the XXIst century: How to enhance judgment using annotation, contribution, publication tools".
Date: November 2th, 2008 at 9:30 am
Place: Knowledge Media Research Center, room E01
Herewith the interested public is sincerely invited.
Moussouri's research examines the museum/audience relationship using communication studies and cultural theory integrated with learning theory. The Lecturer in Museum Studies at UCL Institute of Archaeology, London, presents a conceptual framework that articulates the multifaceted conditions for making meaning in the museum.
The interested public is invited to join this event at KMRC on November 10th, 2008 at 5pm.
On Wednesday, October 15th, Christian Heath and Dirk vom Lehn give a lecture on "Interaction and interactivity: Configuring response and reception in museums, galleries and science centres." The event is organized by KMRC in the course of the project "Learning in museums: The role of new media." The lecture is intended to give insights into practical experience and current empirical findings concerning the role and use of digital technologies in exhibitions. The general public is welcome to attend!
Wednesday, October 15th at 5pm, KMRC Tuebingen
The next online event organised by e-teaching.org, the winner of this year's MEDIDA PRIX 2008, will focus on "social tagging". On October 13th at 2pm, Stefanie Panke presents results of a tagging online study conducted at the Knowledge Media Research Center in spring 2008. Everybody interested in the topic is invited to login and take part in the chat. The chat will be recorded and be made accessible on www.e-teaching.org.
For further information and login details see: http://www.e-teaching.org/community/communityevents/ringvorlesung
Collaborative learning, shared knowledge construction, social software and web2.0 are part of modern everyday life. Thus, e-Inclusion is a necessary prerequisite to let people with different kinds of handicaps stay equal members of our society. In this workshop we would like to go further into the question how researchers and developers for special solutions for elderly people and people with learning disabilities can benefit from each others' experiences. The full day workshop is hosted in conjunction with ECTEL08 in Maastricht and organised by Andreas Lingnau (Knowledge Media Research Center, Tuebingen, Germany), Alke Martens (University of Rostock, Germany) and Andreas Harrer (Catholic University of Eichstaett, Germany).
For further information please visit the workshop website: http://bebop.iwm-kmrc.de/ectel
In August 2008, PD Dr. Ulrike Cress will take over the professorship for Educational Research at KMRC. Ulrike Cress studied psychology at the Unversity of Tuebingen (diploma 1993), achieved her Ph.D. in the year 2000 and got her venia legendi for psychology with her work on the information-exchange dilemma in 2006. From 1993 to 1998 she worked as research fellow at the German Institute of Research for Distance Education (DIFF) in Tuebingen. From 1998 to 2000 she worked at the Institute of Psychology, University of Tuebingen, where she was also assistant professor at the Department for Applied Cognitive and Media Psychology (2000-2006). Since 2006 she has been leading the research unit "Design and implementation of integrative learning envirnomnts" at the Knowledge Media Research Center in Tuebingen.
Ulrike Cress was appointed to a W3-professorship for Educational Research at the Fernuniversität in Hagen and to a W3-professorship fo the Psychology of New Media and Research Methods at the TU Berlin. Whereas she rejected the former, Ulrike Cress accepted the assignment to the W3-professorship for Educational Research at the KMRC Tuebingen.
Her main research interests are web-based informal learning, computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL), social software, knowledge management, social dilemma and evaluation of media assisted learning and working environment.
Moskaliuk, J. (Hrsg.) (2008). Konstruktion und Kommunikation von Wissen mit Wikis. Boizenburg: Verlag Werner Hülsbusch. 166 p., many figures, ISBN 978-3-940317-29-2
The authors deal with the subject from a theoretical and conceptual view and generate concrete implications for practitioners. They give an overview on psychological and systems theories describing and explaining the construction and communication with wikis. The authors go into motivational and social processes that are relevant for participating in wikis. The book gives concrete hints and advices for the effective use of wikis in distinct contexts; it presents projects, and recommends related literature. It primarily addresses practitioners, but by forbearing from describing technical details, the book is also suitable for those who do not have specific technical background.
The German television channel ZDF has produced a short broadcast on "selective perception" at KMRC. Prof. Dr. Stephan Schwan, head of the KMRC research unit Knowledge Aquisition with Cybermedia, explains the phenomenon of selective perception from the perspective of cognitive psychology. The interview is enriched by examples from lab studies and practical experience.
The contribution can be watched via ZDF-Mediathek, searching for the key words "Selektive Wahrnehmung".
e-teaching.org, the information portal for the use of digital media in academic teaching is one of the finalists of the competition for this year's MEDIDA PRIX 2008! 19 out of 77 submitted projects made it to the finals. The award in media didactis aims at stimulating the innovative and sustainable implementation of digital media in academic teaching. It is endowed with prize money of 100.000 euros. Since 2000, the prize has annually been offered by the Gesellschaft für Medien in der Wissenschaft (GMW). Allowed to participate are projects from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The award ceremony will take place in Vienna, on Septemer 18th.
For project descriptions please see: http://medidaprix.org/projekte/finalistinnen-2008
KMRC is hosting the international workshop on "Distributed Learning and Collaboration. Participation and personalization: The main factors of social software" taking place in Tuebingen from June 18th till June 21st. The workshop will bring together researchers from Europe, America and Asia to discuss mainly two important and closely connected strands of social software, namely participation and personalization. Highly interwined within both personalization and participation are technological as well as cognitive and motivational aspects. The workshop participants are especially aiming at researching into new synergies between these approaches and establishing new networks.
Please find further information about the workshop at: http://www.iwm-kmrc.de/workshops/dlac/
A collaborative project on "Self-regulation and leadership" has been established together with the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). The project headed by Prof. Dr. Kai Sassenberg is funded by the NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) in the "vernieuwingsimpuls" framework until 2012.
For further information see Project Description
The information portal e-teaching.org, located at KMRC, provides you with an attractive program for the current summer semester.
The virtual event series, started on May 20th with a training for the use of the Weblog-Publishing-System Wordpress, conducted by Sven Wiebusch (editorial staff at e-teaching.org). Training regarding the Content Management System Drupal will be offered by Tobias Hölterhof from the University Duisburg-Essen. Famous guest in our chat with experts will be Prof. Dr. Rolf Schulmeister from the University of Hamburg. He will answer your questions concerning the „Net Generation". In May, the virtual lecture will focus on "Capacity Effects of E-Learning at German Universities", e.g. Dr. Bernd Kleimann from Hochschul-Informations-System GmbH (HIS) Hannover will be participating. In June, Prof. Dr. Michael Kerres from the University Duisburg-Essen will deal with "University Development and E-Learning". An introduction into Social Tagging will be given by Stefanie Panke (editorial staff at e-teaching.org). In July, our last guest within this series will be Santina Battaglia, chairwoman of "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hochschuldidaktik" (DGHD), talking about the "Initiative for Excellence".
Participating in this series of event is free of charge. All events are offered within the socpe of the e-teaching.org Community. Communication language is German.
Below, please find the login information and further details via
We would like to announce the workshop "Perspectives of ICT for special education" which will be held at KMRC Tuebingen on Thursday, 5th and Friday 6th june 2008. There are still some places available for participants. If you are interested in this workshop, please contact Andreas Lingnau, a.lingnau(at)iwm-kmrc.de.
From now on we will provide you with more information and deeper insights into our research activities. Hopefully you will enjoy browsing through the projects and work at KMRC provided on our new websites!
On its 9th meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) has awarded Ms Jennifer Fehr (psychologist at KMRC) with the Graduate Student Poster Award and a Travel Award. The Graduate Student Poster Award is an annually given to junior scientists at the SPSP conference. In various discussions the competitors have to show their professional knowledge. Honored are poster presentations that reflect both the individual excellent research of the junior scientists and its precise representation on the poster.