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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Enhancing digital teaching

E-Learning / Blended Learning

E-learning und blended learning have been discussed at universities including Humboldt-Universität for a number of years, and are already being used to enhance teaching and learning by a number of teaching staff. In the context of internationalising the curriculum, our interest lies in the link between e-learning/blended learning and internationalisation. Consequently, our questions concern the intersections between the two topics:

 

  • How can the internationalisation of teaching be supported by electronic forms of learning?
  • Does video documentation of German seminars / lectures make it easier to communicate content to (international) students who have less command of German as the language of instruction?
  • What role can digital media play in capturing and promoting the international and intercultural experiences of students? (See, for example, our HU Q-Tube video competition.)
  • How can video conference systems be used in international teaching cooperation (e.g. in a Q-Kolleg or in joint commission meetings or selection procedures whose applicants are not in Berlin)?
  • When are learning platforms (such as Moodle, which is widely used at Humboldt-Universität) used for international cooperation and what can we learn from our experience with them?
  • Can block seminars and e-learning solve the study-scheduling problems that arise when students spend time abroad?

 

In 2014, we conducted a survey of the 189 Bachelor- and Masters Programmes in which we looked for courses at Humboldt-Universität that transgressed national borders – either actually or virtually. Our aim was to identify curricula that integrates virtual and/or actual mobility into their teaching with the aim of bringing together students (and teaching staff) from two or more academic cultures or nations. 

A summary overview of range the different formats of transnational classes can be found in our report Transnationale Lehrveranstaltungen an der Humboldt-Universität (Transnational Courses at the Humboldt-Universität, March 2015, in German). The experiences combined and summarised herein form the basis on which we promote transnational teaching formats and advise academic departments on their implementation and possible sources of support and funding.