Fellows Discuss New Developments in Digital Teaching & Learning

21/03/2017
Michael Heuters

The 14 RWTH members who received Stifterverband’s “Fellowships for Innovation in Digital Teaching” last year now met to exchange experiences on the development of digitally enabled and supported teaching and learning formats.

In June 2016, the NRW Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research and Stifterverband, the Donors' Association for the Promotion of the Humanities and Sciences in Germany, initiated a Fellowship program (de) to support new developments in digital learning in higher education.

Recent developments in teaching and learning include ‘blended learning’ formats, for example, which combine online learning and face-to-face instruction for the purpose of enhancing the learning experience: In ‘flipped classroom' settings, course content is moved out of the classroom to an online format, allowing for class time to be more interactive. Moreover, new forms of electronic tests and exams are under development, which provide efficient ways to assess learning outcomes.

At RWTH Aachen University, several researchers and instructors across all faculties have developed new digital teaching formats and, under coordination from the Exploratory Teaching Space, applied for financial support from the Fellowship program. As a result, 14 projects from RWTH Aachen now receive start-up funding of up to 50,000 euros through the initiative. The program supports a total of 46 projects from 20 higher education initiatives in Germany.