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Digitalization in higher education – development, testing and evaluation of media-based modules with e-learning methods

As part of an overall transformation of society, digitalization influences formal and informal educational processes. Increasingly flexible and individual demands on contemporary learning are changing the educational habits of students. Digital tools can effectively connect knowledge transfer, self-efficacy and collaborative work to the achievement of module-specific learning goals. Universities and higher education institutions can thereby strengthen their role as centres of knowledge replication while simultaneously empowering students to actively shape transformational processes.

The project "Digitalization in higher education – development, testing and evaluation of media-based modules with e-learning methods" aims to develop a new teaching concept for higher education that promotes digital learning arrangements in the field of urban and spatial planning.

Teaching with digital tools requires a new approach to teaching in higher education, including research-based analysis and further development of course formats to generate verifiable added value through sustainable learning. Among other aspects, the organization and accessibility of e-learning courses, the communication and collaboration between lecturers and students and their characteristic roles are crucial.

There has been little experience with multimedia, intermodal teaching in the field of urban and spatial planning so far. This is especially important considering the fact that competences like the ability to analyse, evaluate and criticize while dealing with planning projects and the development of solutions for complex problems are essential learning goals for aspiring urban planners. By establishing a constructivist learning environment, the individual requirements and skills of students can be addressed,while at the same time guiding them to actively acquire knowledge independently. The project "DigiLe" aims to prepare, implement and evaluate a media-based course using e-learning methods in the field of urban and spatial planning. The project focuses on the module "Urban and Settlement Planning". Digital tools are to be used to provide additional support for both taught courses and self-study, in addition to promoting cooperative and individual learning.

Multimedia content will be provided on the learning platform Moodle (LMS) for the students to work through independently. Collaborative processing and reflection of lecture contents should then take place in classroom sessions as well as in online-and self-study phases. Digital tools are to be used to sustain brainstorming, cooperative writing, peer assessment or for online communication. These components of a new approach to teaching are supported by different pedagogical techniques such as the flipped classroom model and blended learning, which refers to the conceptual combination of classroom sessions and e-learning. In addition to knowledge acquisition, independent learning and the ability to solve complex problems are to be further developed. These competences are essential for the professional qualification profile of urban planners.

Central research issues in this project are:

  1. Can a new e-learning arrangement ensure high quality teaching in large-scale lectures while simultaneously promoting individualistic learning?
  2. How can classroom sessions be made more attractive, while being used for discourse and consolidation of the knowledge acquired?
  3. How can "blended learning" be conceptually und didactically implemented in the degree course "Urban and Spatial Planning“?
  4. How can e-learning tools and methods be integrated into an effective und sustainable learning process in urban planning?
  5. How do learning results change through the use of digital tools and the adjustment of learning arrangements with e-learning concepts?

The project is designed to test new methods of digitalization in higher education, to evaluate them and make them applicable in the field of Urban and Spatial Planning. The evaluation is focused on its applicability for lecturers and students and the added value through multimedia and multimodal learning / lecturing in urban planning.

To adapt these new learning methods to the discipline-specific context, a technical and educational concept will be developed and subsequently tested in the summer term 2020. Within the implementation phase, the concepts will be applied, evaluated and customized for future courses. A public university presentation is planned to transfer the results of the project.

Funded by the Thuringian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society (TMWWDG)
Duration: 10/2019 to 10/2020

Contact

ISP - Institute for Urban Research, Planning and Communication of the Erfurt University of Applied Sciences:

Altonaer Straße 25
99085 Erfurt
No.: 0361 6700-374
Fax: 0361 6700-373
E-Mail: isp@no - spam.fh-erfurt.de
Website: www.fh-erfurt.de/isp

project board
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidi Sinning
sinning@no - spam.fh-erfurt.de

Academic researcher
Theresa Grimm, M.Sc.
theresa.grimm@no - spam.fh-erfurt.de

 


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