HFDcon 2017 – Review of the network meeting

That was the first network meeting!

On September 11, 2017, around 200 representatives of German universities gathered in Berlin for the launch event of the Network for University Teaching to share their experiences across disciplines and universities and to learn about developments in digital university teaching.

After a welcome by Prof. Joachim Metzner and a short introduction of the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung by Oliver Janoschka, the participants were able to attend thematic workshops in 7 parallel sessions as well as in a barcamp and present their own projects and application examples from their own teaching and university. The concluding panel discussion, which was moderated by Dr. Malte Persike, examined the topic “Digitization: Evolution or Disruption of University Teaching?” and addressed the challenges and opportunities of digitization in university teaching.

Documentation of the individual workshops and the bar camp, as well as the video recording of the panel discussion and a photo gallery are provided below.

Video from the panel

Answers from the HFD office to questions posed during the panel, but left unanswered, can be found here.

Video from the panel discussion

Documentation of the workshop sessions

In the workshop, the collaborative project "Open Mint Labs" (HS Kaiserslautern, Koblenz and Trier) and the project "Integrating Diversity" (HS Osnabrück) were used to show how virtual labs, augmented and virtual reality can be used to support the teaching-learning process. Project manager: Daniela Fleuren (Project Coordinator Open MINT Labs, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences), Dr. Marija Stambolieva (Project Manager "Integrating Diversity", Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences), David Jaesch (Research Assistant Project "Integrating Diversity", Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences), Anna Schlottbohm (Research Assistant Project "Integrating Diversity", Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences)

The workshop asked how exams can be offered in the future regardless of location at different university locations. The aim of such "examination networks" should be to open up the teaching offer to extended target groups. Project manager: Dr. Marcus Gerards (Project Management Media for Teaching, RWTH Aachen University), Dr. Anja Fitter (Media for Teaching, RWTH Aachen University), Mazdak Karami (Media for Teaching, RWTH Aachen University)

The design of digital teaching requires the development of corresponding competencies. During the workshop, e-learning competency models for teaching were presented and discussed on the basis of two exemplary offers for competency acquisition (U Paderborn and HS Kaiserslautern). Project manager: Simone Grimmig (Head of Department New Forms of Teaching and Learning, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences), Prof. Dr. Paderborn), Dr. Jannica Budde (Research Associate IMT, University of Paderborn), Iris Neiske (Research Associate Staff Office Educational Innovations and University Didactics, University of Paderborn).

The aim of the workshop was to provide information about the current state of the discussion on digitization strategies at universities, to identify possible directions for anchoring them at universities, and to work out concrete, individual approaches to implementation with the participants. Project manager: Dr. Barbara Getto (Head of the E-Learning NRW Office at the Learning Lab, University of Duisburg-Essen), Anne-Cathrin Vonarx (Research Assistant E-Learning NRW at the Learning Lab, University of Duisburg-Essen)

The workshop presented implementation examples from 12 blended learning events that use different concepts and digital possibilities depending on the subject, teachers and previous didactics. Project manager: Björn Lefers (Research Associate, Berlin School of Economics and Law HWR Berlin), Stefanie Quade (Lecturer Innovation and Project Management & Consulting E-Didactics, HWR Berlin)

The workshop explored the potential of OER for "civic education" and thus the opportunities for linking learning through engagement and learning with digital media. Project manager: Claudia Bremer (Interdisciplinary College of University Didactics, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main), Thomas Sporer (Third-Mission_Beauftrager of the initiative "KU.impact", Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)

Using the concept of "Domain of One's Own" (#DoOO), questions about agency, ownership, and digital identity were asked and answered collaboratively by teachers and learners. Project manager: Dr. Jane Brückner (civicOER project manager, Leuphana University of Lüneburg), Christian Friedrich (Online and Digital Learning Design, Leuphana University of Lüneburg), PD Dr. Markus Deimann (coordinator and MOOC Maker oncampus, Lübeck University of Applied Sciences).

Documentation of the Barcamp sessions

In the afternoon, participants gathered in 12 barcamp sessions. The sessions covered a range of topics and ranged from competency orientation and MOOCs to understanding education in the digitalization craze and student networking.

Documentation of the Barcamp sessions as well as session planning is provided below.

Overview of all Barcamp sessions

Common protocol of all barcamp sessions

Blog posts

At the network meeting, Dr. Jane Brückner, PD Dr. Markus Deimann, Christian Friedrich gave a workshop on “A Domain of One’s Own”. In our blog, they describe what the concept is all about.

In his blog post, “Digitization at German universities — plan more or just do it?”, J. Philipp Schmidt, head of the ML Learning initiative at the MIT Media Lab, reflects on his impressions of both events. You can read his contribution here.

Markus Deimann writes in his article “An upgrade is necessary” about the network meeting on September 11. He concludes that the debate about what the term “education” even means needs to be conducted more urgently than ever against the backdrop of digitization. You can find his blog post here.

In her blog post “Digitalization and competence orientation – competition or partnership?” Eva Weyer writes about the fact that lived competence orientation must be thought of together with lived digitalization. Here you can find her article.

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