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2018-06-19  |  Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK): Meeting “Dimension Digitization – Strengthening Teachers”. Panel discussion and lecture with Katharina Scheiter
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On 20 June, Prof. Dr. Katharina Scheiter of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) will present her report and comments on cross-national cooperation regarding “Digitization and Education” at the Landesinstitut für Lehrerbildung und Schulentwicklung (Institute of Teacher Education and Educational Development) in Hamburg. Afterwards, she will talk in a group discussion with Prof. Dr. Josef Keuffer, head of the Landesinstitut, and with Udo Michallik, Secretary of the KMK, about future steps and implications.
The KMK about the conference: "The topic „Digitization and Education“ is  currently ubiquitous. The implementation in school and education as well as in training of pedagogic staff is both challenging and complex. The event “Digitization and Education – Strengthening Teachers” form 19 to 20 June 2018 in Hamburg provides a platform for mutual exchange. Its aim is to learn from each other by sharing ideas and experiences on the following questions: Which methods can be used for the qualification of the target groups? How can we reach as many teachers as possible in terms of numbers and content? What role do universities and the training of teachers play? What strategies have proved to be efficient?"
Prof. Dr. Katharina Scheiter is head of the Multiple Representations Lab at the IWM and full professor for Empirical Research on Learning and Instruction at the University of Tübingen. Together with her research group, she investigates cognitive processes underlying learning from multiple representations as well as means of supporting these processes. Results from this research are used to design digital textbooks and tablet-based applications for education.


2018-06-18  |  IWM at the EARLI SIG 27 conference

The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) is an international networking organisation for junior and senior researchers in education. Representing over 2000 members in more than 60 countries, EARLI is the biggest educational association in Europe. Researches from different labs of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) have participated in this year’s second Earli SIG Conference, which has taken place from 15 to 17 June 2018 in Warsaw.
Prof. Dr. Katharina Scheiter, head of the lab Multiple Representation at the IWM, was invited to held a keynote talk on “Offline and online gaze-based interventions: From fundamental lab research to real-world learning tools” on Saturday, 16 June. Dr. Yvonne Kammerer of the lab Multimodal Interaction of Prof. Dr. Peter Gerjets has spoken on the same day about “Learning about controversial scientific issues on the Internet: Relations between attention to source information and sourcing and argumentation in essays”. Dr. Christian Scharinger, also of the same lab, has presented his research on “Using the EEG and Virtual Reality to study the effect of immersion on cognitive processing and learning”. On Sunday, 17 June, Thérése Eder of the lab Multiple Representation has given a lecture on “Do eye movement visualisations foster the interpretation of radiology images and gaze behaviour of dental medicine students?”
After the first successful SIG conference in Oulu, at this year’s meeting the Special Interest Group (SIG) 27 of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) came together with the Polish Eye Tracking Conference (a community of researchers from various fields that utilize eye tracking). So the announcement says: „The combined conference will yield a great platform for the communication and exchange of experience with different fields of researches interested in different multimodal, multichannel process measures, such as computer log data, eye tracking, EEG, facial expressions of emotions, EDA, and observational data.“

 

Link to the program

 

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2018-06-14  |  Pencil or keyboard – Is writing the same as writing? Stefania Jung at the Annual Conference of the German Federal Association of Speech Therapy
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Pencil or keyboard – Is writing the same as writing? Stefanie Jung answers this question with a study on children with and without dyslexia (reading/spelling disability) from 55h to 7th grade applying a dictation of a cloze test as it is often done in linguistic experiments. The results demonstrate that children without dyslexia make more spelling mistakes when using a keyboard compared to hand writing. Children with dyslexia make more mistakes in general than the control group, but the number of mistakes decline when they use a keyboard for writing. The findings indicate that media context influences children’s ability of spelling differently. Furthermore, the use of digital media might help compensate linguistic deficits.

Stefanie Jung of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien presented her current research at this year’s annual conference of the dbl (German Federal Association of Speech Therapy). On 15. and 16. June,  she will show a digital poster presentation in the section “Spotlight” on current topics of speech therapy following a detailed discussion with the participants over the printed posters.
Since April 2017, Stefanie Jung has been employed as research assistant in the junior research group Neuro-cognitive Plasticity of Prof. Dr. Korbinian Moeller. Within her PhD project, she investigates the influence of digital technologies on written language development. In particular, she compares writing and typing in children with and without dyslexia. Her presentation at this year’s dbl conference with its focus on spelling ability in different media context stimulates the discussion and development of diagnostic and intervention methods in speech therapy together with practicing speech therapists.    


2018-06-11  |  How are information perceived, processed and knowledge acquired during the use of different media? The Summer School “Multimodality and Knowledge Processes“ at the IWM

Digital media for learning use combinations of different representational formats, such as texts, pictures, or animations, to represent matters to be learned. A precondition for successful learning with multiple representations is that learners select information from text and picture that is essential for the content area, organize these pieces of information and link them together in memory (cognitive processes). From the point of view of research, it is important to exactly describe these cognitive and metacognitive processes and – based hereupon – develop effective measures which can instruct learners regarding the execution of these processes. The Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) works intensively on this research matter.
From 6 to 8 June 2018 the IWM invited scientist to the Summer School “Multimodality and Knowledge Processes” to discuss the interplay between different sensorial channels (like vision, sound and haptics) and modes of information (like texts, pictures and animation) regarding the perception, cognitive processing and knowledge acquisition during the use of different media. John Bateman /University of Bremen (Pic.1), Neil Cohn / University of Tilburg, Netherlands (Pic.3&4), Mike Stieff / University of Illinois at Chicago (Pic.2), Zacharias Zacharia / University of Cyprus (Pic.5) und Leilah Lyons / University of Illinois at Chicago (Pic.6&7) presented their research as keynote speakers.
In an interview with the IWM the guest speakers explained the relevance of the research on multimodality: “I think we have a very good body of empirical evidence that people learn with multiple modes”, says Mike Stieff, Professor of Learning Science in Chicago. “But it’s crucial that we conduct research on understanding exactly how this happens both in service of better informing theories of multimodality as well as designing educational interventions to help people learn from multiple modes.” Leilah Lyons, Professor of Learning Science and Computer Science, says, “How could it not be important? It is such a dominant mode of human learning and human interaction. I think that not studying things from that perspective is just not relevant.” Professor of Linguistics John Bateman from London, who works at the University of Bremen, adds, “Life is multimodal. And up to now research on it has been fragmented for good disciplinary reasons. But that does not give us the necessary connection to understand how we interact in today’s society which is really multimodal.
Therefore, the Summer School brings together scientists from different fields including experimental psychology, neuroscience as well as computer science, learning science and linguistics. “These are communities that usually do not come together”, says Katharina Scheiter, one of the organizers of the event and head of the lab Multiple Representation at the IWM. “We have different approaches on multimodality, theoretical and methodical. That became evident during the three days of the Summer School. But it has lead also to the activation of new perspectives which the participant will use for their own research.

 

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2018-06-05  |  Multitouch table for the lobby of town hall Tübingen: Lord Mayor Palmer visits the IWM
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A virtual walk through Tübingen: by zooming in the digital city map, exploring pictures of historical buildings and reading background information. The multitouch table developed by the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) and the city of Tübingen offers an interactive knowledge transfer on the history of the city. The table will serve as a visitor information system at the town hall of Tübingen providing an overview of the city centre. Popular spots like the town hall, the castle Hohentübingen, the Stiftskirche, the Alte Aula and the Neckargasse can be experienced virtually. The table can present different documents or images simultaneously to its visitors and enables them to use it at the same time.
The multitouch table and its interactive applications is a result of long-term research at the IWM. Though, research on it will continue after its installation at town hall. Thus, possible forms of interaction will be optimized in order to facilitate the access of information. One research focus lies on the cognitive processes which are relevant for the understanding and memory of multi-perspective, historical and geographic information.
Prof. Dr. Gerjets, head of the lab Multimodal Interaction at the IWM, worked on the development of the table and thus is concerned with the question how knowledge can be transferred in a way that persons can recall as much as possible of it:  “The project of the interactive information table for the town hall of Tübingen is a particularly exciting one since it does not only consider the perspective of application but enables a new access to the topic: On the one hand, we can convert our research findings on intuitive visitor information systems into attractive displays of knowledge transfer. On the other hand, the installation of the table in the town hall allows us to gather reliable data in the future on how much visitors will remember the city’s history after using the table and how they can orientate themselves in the city afterwards."
The Lord Mayor of Tübingen and the First Mayor Dr. Christine Arbogast together with other participants of the city visited the IWM yesterday in order to talk about the current status of the “Tübinger Tisch” – or in short “Tüsch” – like the development of its digital maps. Since November 2017, Severin Opel has been software developer at the IWM and is currently developing the software for the table: “The biggest challenge of the project for me is to write a highly intuitive multitouch interface that can be used from different users at the same time as well as from different angles of the table.”


2018-06-04  |  Science meets politics. Ulrike Cress at the Bundestag
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The meeting “Leibniz im Bundestag” of the Leibniz Association brings together scientists and politicians. The use of digital media in education, learning and teaching with media and media literacy are the main topics of the talk of Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress, head of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM). On 5 June, Cress will meet Birke Bull- Bischoff (Die Linke) and with Dr. Wiebke Esdar (SPD) on 6 June.
The IWM is the only German research institute that examines knowledge processes in times of digitization. New technologies are ubiquitous, their progress rapid. Just as diverse are the questions on this development: How can digital media be used to improve knowledge processes? How can they deepen and optimize our understanding? Which role do they play in the transfer of knowledge? At the IWM, we answer tomorrow's questions today. “A central task of our country is to get children and adults fit for the digital era,” says Cress. “And researchers can make an important contribution to that. That is why I consider “Science meets politics” as an excellent discussion panel.”


2018-05-28  |  Ana Levordashka receives the Herbert S. Dordick Award for best dissertation in “Communication and Technology”
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On Sunday evening, May 27, Ana Levordashka held the award in her hands. She had written her dissertation at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen. There, she had investigated how people process news and messages on social media. The results indicate that the regular skimming of updates contributes to the development of so-called ambient awareness, the knowledge about the network members.
The Herbert S. Dordick Award was handed out during this year’s ICE (international communication association) conference in Prague. “This award honors the memory of Prof. Herbert S. Dordick (1925-1998), a distinguished telecommunications engineer, public/urban policy researcher and intellectual, teacher and mentor. […] The Dordick Dissertation Award recognizes the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of communication and technology completed and defended in the preceding year.”


2018-05-24  |  Put your phone done? Research on mothers and Facebook users. Lara Wolfers and Sonja Utz at the ICA in Prag
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Against a backdrop of evolving technologies and shifting sociocultural and political dynamics, the ICA (international communication association) hosts its annual conference from May 24 to May 28 in Prague. Lara Wolfers of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) will present here her topic “Put Your Phone Down? How Mothers' Smartphone Use Is Associated With Sensitivity” on Friday, May 25. With her junior research group Social Media she investigates the use of media and social networks of parents and how this affects their children and the everyday life of the family. Head of the junior research group Prof. Dr. Sonja Utz will give a talk on “The Effects of Facebook Use after Self-threat: Decrease of Negative Mood, but no Increase of Self-esteem“ on Saturday, May 26. In her study “Redefining tie strength” she has examined the effects of social media use. The results indicate that Facebook provides social support and does not lead to stress or less life satisfaction in the long term. The longitudinal study is available as Open Data. On Friday, May 25, Utz will also talk about the study at the panel “Open Data and Its Impact on the Discipline“.


2018-05-17  |  What are Experts, what are Laypersons? – Ulrike Cress about Citizen Science at the German Foundation Congress 2018
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Digitization is a social development, which encompasses nearly all aspects of our life. Now it’s up to the members of society to shape the changes through digitization responsibly. This responsibility particularly affects foundations. On this current occasion, this year’s German Foundation Congress, which takes place from May 16 to May 18 in Nürnberg, deals with the main topic “Update! Foundations and Digitization”.
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress, director of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) and head of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Tübingen (WCT), gives a speech to the working group Science and Research of the Association of German Foundations on “What are experts, what are laypersons? How digitization changes the knowledge system”. Background is that digitization facilitates the participation of laypersons in science (Citizen Science) and might counteract the increasing estrangement of science and citizens.
Can Citizen Science help bring citizens closer to science again by making them co-actors? This talk examines the possible contribution of Citizen Science to the meanwhile highly complex science and the limits of this cooperation. The talk will be commented by Manuel J. Hartung, head of the section ZEIT-Chancen.


2018-05-09  |  Virtual worlds as gateway to the past – Stephan Schwan in cooperation with the Museum für Antike Schifffahrt des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums (RGZM) and the University of Mainz
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A research lab is under construction at the RGMZ in Mainz. Artificial realities will show visitors long forgotten worlds. Mixed and virtual reality as well as digital models and game application are used for the installations. An example: Diving into a new water world. Visitors can explore a Roman cargo ship that sunk in the first century.

This virtual experience is part of the cooperation project “Mixed Reality Open Lab” that taps into the potential of digital media for informal learning settings like the museum. The content experts of the RGZM work together with professionals from the computer science department of Mainz University and the visitor experts of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM). Prof. Dr. Stephan Schwan (IWM) is responsible for the studies on knowledge transfer of digital depictions and on visitor perception. The project is part of an action plan of the Leibniz Research Museums that design innovative information formats.
The 3D reconstruction of the Roman cargo ship is presented during der 1st Science Week Mainz from May 2 until 9. On May 9, Stephan Schwan will hold a lecture on the value of digital media for visitor perception in the accompanying expert workshop „Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Reality for Knowledge Transfer in Museums”. His research focus is on cognitive processing and comprehension of dynamic audio-visual media, knowledge acquisition with topographic and thematic maps, and the role of digital media and authentic exhibits for informal learning in museums.


2018-05-09  |  Learning calculating with fingers – Korbinian Moeller talks on Deutschlandfunk about learning aids and their use
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Almost all children use their fingers for counting and calculating. But there is still disagreement whether fingers are useful for learning. For a short time counting with fingers was even forbidden in class rooms.


The so called finger-based numerical learning is part of the research of psychologist Korbinian Moeller. He studies the cognitive and neuronal underpinnings of numerical competencies employing latest neuro-cognitive methods with his junior research lab Neuro-cognitive Plasticity at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM).
His research demonstrates: Fingers are important for initial calculation and counting as well as for the understanding of cardinal numbers. “Fingers are good,” says Moeller in a radio feature on Deutschlandfunk, “since they are more than just a tool. Children, who count with their fingers, play finger games, count loudly or point on numbers, use different channels while learning math: Seeing, hearing and feeling numbers they are able to better retain numbers.” In the interview for Deutschlandfunk Kultur he explains among other things the concerns of people rejecting counting with finger and which advantages it actually offers.
Listen to the full interview here (German only).


2018-05-08  |  Stephan Schwan at a Science Slam in St. Petersburg
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Soccer – a sport people are excited about not only during the World Cup. Even in Russia the ball rolls over sports fields and TV screens. And the question is always “Who is winning?”. But how do fans evaluate a game and assess the chances of winning for their team?


So, on May 5, Prof Dr. Stephan Schwan of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) explained at a Science Slam in St Petersburg how soccer fans watch a game. In a large-scale study with the department of Media Studies of Tübingen University subjects had watched a live Champions League match. During the match the scientists had tracked the eye movement of the participants and had observed how they structured the course of play by significant stages. Additional data had been collected through a survey right after the match. The findings show: The perceptual processes are similar during the game (because the viewing directions are the same) but the memories of the viewers are biased in favour of the own team. The participants recalled more ball possessions for their team and less for the opponents.


The Science Slam was organized by the German-Russian Forum e.V. and Bumaga on the occasion of the upcoming World Cup. The contributions of the German poets were translated simultaneously into Russian.


Link to the Science Slam – Lecture of Stephan Schwan at 1:06:50 (Russian/German)


2018-05-08  |  “Digitisation and Education: Potentials and Challenges from the Perspective of Educational Research” – LERN 2018 at the IWM
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The topics and speakers of this year’s scientific meeting of the Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN) were overall diverse: “Education counts among the most important areas of activity in society today and in the future. Shaping an education system and its institutions and ensuring their success is regarded as a central resource for prosperity, cultural wealth and social cohesion in modern societies.” (Fig. 17-20)
The opening talks, therefore, focused on the future of education: Martin Merkt (Fig. 1) of the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) discussed how critical reflection of online information can be promoted – which is especially relevant for the debate around fake news, online privacy and cyber mobbing. Mirjam Weis (School of Education, Munich, TUM; Centre for International Student Assessment, ZIB) talked about the attitudes of parents on smartphone and tablet use of children in the age of 0 to 3, a potential target group of a growing sales market (Fig. 2). Still, tablets can be used in school lessons and their possible application has been reflected in several scientific studies. Findings and implications of a study on the use of iPads in math lessons at different schools were presented by Frank Reinhold (TUM), Sarah Hofer (ZIB), Stefan Hoch (TUM), Bernhard Werner (TUM), Jürgen Richter-Gebert (TUM) and Kristina Reiss (TUM) (Fig. 3).
Discussion and lectures followed inter alia by Felicitas Macgilchrist (GEI, University of Göttingen) „Datafication and Education“ (Fig. 4), by Olaf Köller und Jennifer Meyer (IPN) on “Automatic Coding of Arguments in English: Evidence from a Large-Scale Assessment Study“ (Fig. 5) and by Simon Janssen (IAB, IZA) with Jens Mohrenweiser (Bournemouth University) „The Shelf Life of Incumbent Workers during Accelerating Technological Change: Evidence from a Training Regulation Reform“ (Fig.6).
During two Knowledge Cafés the scientists could exchange views on learning support and digital education possibilities (Fig. 7 & 8). Furthermore, posters on topics like media didactics, game-based learning, digital media in schools and universities as well as adult education were presented and discussed (Fig. 9-13). On the second day of the meeting, Prof. Dr. Katharina Scheiter of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) – this year’s host of the LERN – introduced the Tübingen Digital Teaching Lab (TüDiLab). The TüDiLab simulates a class room with current digital media and survey instruments for the training of teachers as well as for the research on media-based lessons (Abb. 14-16).

 

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2018-05-07  |  „Heterogeneity in university education: What can digital media achieve?” – New topic special on e-teaching.org
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How can digital media compensate disadvantages of students? Can digital media balance individual differences in learning and optimize individual learning processes? What possibilities do digital media offer to include the diversity of students in teaching?
These questions and many more will be discussed with examples from teaching practice at the online events of the e-teaching topic special “Heterogenität im Studium: Was leisten digitale Medien?“ (Heterogeneity in university education: What can digital media achieve?). Between May 7 and June 9, six online events will be held on digital applications and programs that support the heterogenic backgrounds of students. The opening event on teaching quality for heterogenic students („Lehrqualität für heterogene Studierende gestalten: Welche (digitalen) Unterstützungsangebote sind sinnvoll?“) is going to take place on Monday, May 7 at 2.00pm. The events are open to all.


Link to press release and program (German only)


2018-05-04  |  Arguments, Emotions, and News distribution in social media: Two new projects of the University of Stuttgart at the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Tübingen „Cognitive Interfaces“
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The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Tübingen (WCT) will be expanded through an association of two projects located at the University of Stuttgart in May 2018. The projects, which are formed by tandem partners from the IWM and the University of Stuttgart, will be financed for a term of three years by the University of Stuttgart. This association is an important preparatory work for the Excellence Cluster proposal “Understanding understanding: language and text”, which was submitted by the Universities of Stuttgart and Tübingen jointly with the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien.
The Scientific Advisory Board of the WCT recommended the projects “Emotion and argument in digital information environments“ by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Padó, Dr. Roman Klinger (Institute for Natural Language Processing of the University of Stuttgart) and Prof. Dr. Kai Sassenberg (IWM) as well as “Visual analysis of context changes in (social) media contributions“ by Prof. Dr. Thomas Ertl, Dr. Steffen Koch (Institute for Visualisation and Interactive Systems of the University of Stuttgart) and Prof. Dr. Sonja Utz (IWM) to be associated with the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Tübingen.


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2018-04-27  |  Prof. Dr. Korbinian Moeller speaks at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Montreal
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Interactive interfaces such as smartphone displays or multitouch tables are becoming more common and allow more and more physical interaction: on the one hand with those media itself and on the other hand with their learning content on the other.
From 21 to 26 April scientists, business representatives and users have discussed how interactive technologies can be used effectively in various areas of life in the future at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors at Computing Systems in Montreal. Prof. Dr. Korbinian Moeller from the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) – a Knowledge Media Research Center - presented the results of a training study on Wednesday, April 25, in which preschool children used oversized LEGO-like stones to improve their numerical skills. In his research, Moeller focuses on the influence of physical experiences on the development of computational skills in children. This embodied cognition approach has been successful in several studies, demonstrating the importance of physical experience for numerical competencies.


2018-04-26  |  Habilitation of Dr. Peter Holtz „Social Psychology in the Information Age”
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How do digital communication technologies affect processes of political opinion formation? Do specific forms of media use have a negative influence on the development of young people? How can social media be used as data source for research in Social Psychology?
Dr. Peter Holtz addresses these issues in his habilitation. With his thesis “Social Psychology in the Information Age” at the Johannes Kepler University Linz Holtz has qualified as professor in Psychology. The psychologist uses for example internet data like forum posts to examine dynamics in opinion formation. “Social media are becoming increasingly important in almost every aspect of our daily lives. Social psychologist today face the challenge to utilise data from social media for research in both the most efficient and ethical way”, explains Holtz. Since December 2015, he has been working as research associate in the EU-project “AFEL- Analytics for Everyday Learning" with the Knowledge Construction Lab at the IWM.  Within the project he focuses on socio-cognitive models of media-based everyday learning and aims together with colleagues in IT at making the findings applicable to the development of online learning platforms.


2018-04-25  |  Annual Research Meeting LERN 2018 at the IWM “Digitisation and Education: Potentials and Challenges from the Perspective of Educational Research”
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Education is a central pillar of our society that is more and more supported by digitisation. Digital media already help us develop the education system and make it more efficient.  But how we make effective use of these possibilities in order to support teachers and learners equally, is still a central question in research,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress, head of the Leibniz- Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM).
Therefore, the IWM hosts the Annual Research Meeting LERN “Digitisation and Education: Potentials and Challenges from the Perspective of Educational Research” on 26 and 27 April 2018. During the two days researcher of the Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN) present inter alia their findings on the use of digital media in class, discuss about success factors of digitisation projects and respond to the often ignored concerns of teachers. Thus, the meeting identifies the current state of research and expertise of its member institutions as well as further research demands.


2018-04-10  |  Stephan Schwan as expert for the committee “Science and Culture” at the Landtag of Lower Saxony
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Yesterday, a consultation upon the request „Chancen und Potenziale der Digitalisierung für Niedersachsen nutzen - Digitalisierungsprofessuren fördern“ (Exploiting opportunities and potentials of digitization for Lower Saxony – Promoting professorships in digitization) by the SPD and CDU is taking place in a public session with the committee “Science and Culture” at the Landtag of Lower Saxony. Prof. Dr. Stephan Schwan of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) has stated his opinion as an expert yesterday at the Landtag. On the basis of the IWMs profile, his position will concentrate on the role of digitization professors – as mentioned in the application – regarding the transfer of knowledge on digitization, the digitization of education as well as the development of digital and media literacy in university studies and training, especially in teacher training. Overall, the IWM supports the introduction of digital professorships that provide expertise in both computer science and social science.


2018-04-10  |  Workshop on selective information processing at the IWM
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The postdoc network Cognitive Conflicts during Media Use hosts a workshop on “Selective Information Processing during Digital Media Use” on 10 and 11 April at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen. Scientists – including some IWM alumni – from Germany and the Netherlands present their current research.
Digital media nowadays provide access to a wealth of information. “But with a high density of information comes the danger of overload. Users often don’t know which information is relevant for their purposes,” says Dr. Anne Schüler (IWM), Deputy Head of the Multiple Representations Lab at the IWM and one co-organiser of the workshop. “It is crucial to understand how users process information in order to systematically prepare and edit content so unfavourable processing does not occur.” In the workshop, the researchers examine quite different (positive and negative) examples of selective information processing such as the formation of opinions in echo chambers, information biases in science as well as the processing of data in digital environments and during multimedia learning.
“The workshop offers the unique opportunity to bring together researchers from various fields like Communication Studies, Social Psychology, Political Psychology and Multimedia Research and to discuss from the different perspectives how information is processed in the digital age and what possibilities digital media offer in this area,” so Anne Schüler. 

 

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2018-04-09  |  Figures in mind. Dr. Julia Bahnmüller and Silke Bieck at the conference “Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society“ in Oxford
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Math and numbers are everywhere – at the supermarket, when looking at timetables and when reading prescriptions and expiration dates. They are also central for the use of modern technology. Dr. Julia Bahmüller of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) investigates with the junior research group Neuro-cognitive Plasticity the behavioural and neural underpinnings of numerical processing as well as the development of numerical competencies.
The Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society (MCLS), too, set itself the aim of promoting the communication of scientific research on mathematical cognition and learning, and advancing the study of its typical and atypical development, neural substrates, genetic and environmental influences, cultural variation, and malleability. At the international conference Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society on April 8 and 9 in the heart of Oxford, Julia Bahnmüller presents her work about the influence of linguistic factors on the cognitive processing of multi-digit numbers. Furthermore, Silke Bieck, PhD student of the LEAD Graduate School and associate researcher at the IWM, talks about the outcomes of a game-based study on the learning of fraction numbers. In the study training success was measured by performance indicators as well as on a neuronal level. 


2018-04-05  |  Composing music with LEGO bricks. The IWM LEGO table at the Phaenomenta in Flensburg
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The Phaenomenta, a Science Center of Flensburg University, bought a LEGO table and set it up with the software of the media development department of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM). Dr. Uwe Oestermeier, head of software development at the IWM, presented the table to the press on Thursday, March 29th.
The Phaenomenta counts around 65.000 visitors every year and shows exhibits that invite visitors to explain, describe and even test them. For example, a long metal spiral allows producing transverse and longitudinal waves; there are cable pulls where one can lift oneself up and many other mechanical, optical and acoustic experiments. Visitors should be encouraged to engage in a dialogue about the interesting and astonishing phenomena.
Chairman of the Phaenomenta e.V. Dr. Michael Kiuple first heard about LEGO table during a presentation of Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress (IWM) at the 5th Sankelmanker Talk on Teacher Education in Flensburg. The meeting of the IWM and the Phaenomenta now aimed at remodelling the LEGO table – which overall serves to develop a composition course of 8 to 10 double lessons – as exhibit that is suitable for the short stays at different stations of an exhibition. The Phaenomenta is going to try several variations in the course of a voluntary social year. The plan is to offer workshops for teachers and school classes together with the Education Department of the University of Flensburg.


2018-04-04  |  How crabs and turtles support computational thinking

Wooden turtles, colourful plugs and a treasure – Ph.D. student Katerina Tsarava of the project group Neuro-cognitive Plasticity of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) plays for science.
With her life-size board game “Crabs and Turtles”, Katerina Tsarava examines how the game environment affects the computational thinking development of children between 8 and 9 years. In the game children solve math related tasks with variables or have to figure out the most efficient way to collect treasures by creating effective sequences of commands which is similar to coding concepts. By doing so, computational thinking related skills are trained like abstraction, pattern recognition and decomposition.
“Games or game-based applications are an increasingly important mechanism for cognitive training, learning and educational interventions because of their ability to keep players motivated to play and to interact with the application or learning environment, respectively,” says Tsavara. Recent research even indicates that game-based learning is more effective in terms of learning and retention than conventional instruction methods.
In her Master thesis project, Tsavara has already studied computational thinking and designed a life-size board game for teaching students basic programming skills. Her current game was further developed and integrated into a new Core Course (“Verstehen wie Computer denken”) of the Hector Kinderakademie in collaboration with Luzia Leifheit from the LEAD Graduate School. The game was tested so far in a Student Enrichment Center in Thessaloniki, at the Kinderakademie of the Hector Institut fuer Empirische Forschungsbildung in Tuebingen (Wanne) and in several beta-test playing sessions at the IWM. The upcoming months, Katerina Tsavara and Lucia Leifheit will apply “Crabs and Turtles” in other Hector Kinderakademien in Baden-Wuertemberg (inter alia in Reutlingen, Nuertingen and Lossburg).
 

 

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2018-03-28  |  Summer School on “Multimodality and Knowledge Processes” at the IWM

The Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) cordially invites you to its Summer School on “Multimodality and Knowledge Processes“ on June 6-8, 2018 in Tübingen. The Summer School is jointly organized by Katharina Scheiter's Multiple Representations Lab and Stephan Schwan's Realistic Depictions Lab at the IWM.


The main topic of the Summer School is the interplay of different sensory channels (e.g., vision, sound, haptics) as well as different information modes (e.g., texts, pictures, animations) with respect to perception, cognitive processing, and knowledge acquisition when using different media.


During three days, morning lectures will be given by leading researchers from various disciplinary fields, including learning sciences, experimental psychology and linguistics: Neil Cohn (Tilburg University) will provide an introduction on visual language and his cognitive multimodal model. John Bateman (University of Bremen) will present his linguistic and semiotic work on multimodality. Mike Stieff (University of Illinois at Chicago) will talk about learning from multimodal representations. Zacharia Zacharias (University of Cyprus) will discuss the role of physical and virtual manipulatives in learning about science concepts. Leila Lyons (University of Illinois at Chicago) will give an overview on using multimodal interaction devices in informal learning settings.
Each lecture will be accompanied by an afternoon workshop offered by the keynote speakers.


The morning lectures are open to the public. For registration please return this registration form via email to Luitgard Fink ( l.fink@iwm-tuebingen.de). Participation is free of charge. Please note that the number of participants is limited to 40, preferably at the Ph.D. and postdoc level.


Registration deadline: April 30.
Notification of acceptance by May 7.


Program with abstracts (PDF)


2018-03-23  |  Lara Ditrich at the Symposium „Brexit & The Rise of Populism - Insights from Political and Psychological Sciences" in Canterbury
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Euroscepticism, Brexit, and the rise of populism – only three of the challenges with which the European Union is currently faced. Each of these phenomena harbors great social and political explosiveness, rendering them an interesting field of application for psychological research.
Recent results of this research will be discussed at the symposium Brexit & The Rise of Populism - Insights from Political and Psychological Sciences which will take place at the University of Kent in Canterbury. In this context, Dr. Lara Ditrich of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) will present a poster displaying her research on the identity-related dynamics among Scottish residents that are associated with the situation in the United Kingdom after the Brexit-referendum. In her research. Ditrich focuses on what factors and processes influence group composition in offline as well as online contexts.


2018-03-21  |  Dr. Manuel Ninaus as Keynote speaker at the International Summit on Serious Health Games in London
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The use of serious games has received increasing attention – also in health care. Serious games have already been used in clinical medicine, surgery and public health successfully, allowing participants to observe the impact of their decision-making, practice clinical skills safely, and exposing them to infrequent yet critical scenarios.
Researches, clinicals and game designer have discussed future implementation and challenges of health games at the International Summit on Serious Health Games of the Imperial College London yesterday. Dr. Manuel Ninaus of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien shows as keynote speaker the importance of emotional engagement in games. In his research Ninaus focuses on game-based learning environments. His motivational approach and his different evaluation methods are crucial for the use of serious games in the health sector.

 

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2018-03-16  |  Responsibility as a burden: Responsible power-holders experience the highest stress levels
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People in high-power positions experience more stress if they are aware of their responsibility than if they recognize the freedom their position provides. Research of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen has shown this. If power-holders think about their responsibility (rather than their personal freedom) they do act more fairly towards others – but at the same time, their own stress level rises. 


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2018-03-09  |  Second meeting of the Leibniz SienceCampus “Cognitive Interfaces”
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On 2 March 2018, the second meeting of the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Cognitive Interfaces” took place at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM). The meeting aimed to discuss first results of pre-tests and studies as well as current developments that have arisen from present findings.
All 14 projects presented their current status of work in a poster session to the Scientific Advisory Board. It revealed the diversity of the projects, all focusing on the question, how thinking, action and work can be improved by human computer interfaces. Hereby, multidisciplinarity is the defining feature through cooperation between psychology, computer science, medicine, dentistry, didactics of biology, media science, educational science and sports science.
After the short presentations practical relevance – for example the applicability of an app for patients with osteoarthritis – and contribution to the development of psychological theories were discussed. Overall, the meeting showed how well the projects are progressing. The dyadic teams of IWM employees and scientists of Tübingen University allow the experience of intensive interdisciplinary work.



2018-03-08  |  Dr. Annika Scholl is visiting the University of Amsterdam (UvA)
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Dr. Annika Scholl of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien is visiting the department of Social Psychology and Prof. Dr. Gerben van Kleef at Amsterdam University from 1 February to 27 March. Both scientists are working on a joint research project.
Gerben van Kleef conducts research – like Annika Scholl – on power and social norms. She reports: “It is enriching to combine different perspective and to develop a joint idea so intensively.” The visit is supported by the SAW postdoc network Cognitive Conflicts. The projects examines in which cases people give power to others. Still little is known about how the behaviour of people can influence others to transfer their power. “To shed light on this issue, we combine theoretical approaches on power, perception of persons and leadership. A conflict occurs: Having power often leads to persons behaving selfishly (i.e. to hold back knowledge).  However, self-seeking behaviour on the other hand does not seem to result in power transfer of others. People might expect that especially power holders share their knowledge instead of keeping it to oneself. In this project we observe how this conflict can be explained and solved in order to support, for example, the knowledge work of organisations”, Annika Scholl explains.


2018-03-06  |  Facebook and Co. – How social networks can help us receive useful information and emotional support
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Logging in Facebook or other social networks is nowadays part of our daily routine. While constant checking of status messages is often associated with stress, envy and reduced wellbeing, researchers of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) found out: Stress is influenced by external factors and not by Facebook usage. Concerns that Facebook has a negative impact on the wellbeing are therefore exaggerated. The platform even offers possibilities of social support. The professional use of social media pays off as well: Anyone who uses LinkedIn has professional information advantages. 


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2018-03-01  |  VECTOR workshop: Call for papers until 29 April 2018
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The second VECTOR workshop on virtual reality (VR) and games in psychological, medical and educational research takes place at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen on 25 till 27 July 2018. The VECTOR workshop 2018 aims at bringing together excellent researchers who uses virtual reality, serious games and related technologies as new approaches within the field of education and health. 


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2018-03-01  |  Reporting and credibility: How well do laymen understand scientific uncertainty? Joachim Kimmerle talks to “wissenschaftskommunikation.de”
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Controversy and transparency are quality characteristics of journalistic work. This includes the reporting of limitations of scientific findings. “However, our research suggests that the juxtaposition of contradictory positions lead to more negative attitudes towards the reported scientific approaches. Readers may even find the report less credible. How this problem can be solved, has to be shown by further studies. One possible solution might be that journalists address this problem and emphasize the processual character of research in order to resolve the apparent contradiction of fragility and credibility”, so Apl. Prof. Dr. Joachim Kimmerle of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IMW) in the interview. “Our findings offer a basic approach for further examining how laymen understand the fragility of scientific results and must therefore be regarded as provisional. But they also show possible starting points on how recipients can be supported in understanding scientific information.  Most obvious is, that science journalists help their readers recognizing fragility by explicitly describing the results as preliminary and by offering a balanced presentation. When presenting new results and findings with weak evidence, contradictory positions should be reported as well. This is part of a good scientific practice anyway, but is often not realized in practice”, he adds. Kimmerle is Deputy Head of the Knowledge Construction Lab at the IWM.  In his research, he examines the fragility and uncertainty of scientific findings and their perception. In a field study on the reception of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), or in other words of pacemakers, Kimmerle investigates how the temporary character of scientific knowledge can be explained and clarified and how it is processed.


2018-02-26  |  How can companies position themselves in the period of digitization? Kai Sassenberg as guest at the panel discussion “Success factor betterment - what successful companies do?”
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In times of digitization, mobility, networking, clouds and artificial intelligence are possible success factors for the future of companies. Further training in this area should be part of strategic corporate objectives. Thus, following questions arise: “What kind of educational opportunities do companies want or need?”, “How can the success of further training be measured?” and “How does future training look?” Concerning cooperation within the company, it is interesting to examine how social processes affect computer-related collaboration. Social psychologist Prof. Dr. Kai Sassenberg of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) studies exactly this topic. With his lab „Social Processes“ he focuses on how social factors (such as hierarchy, identification, influence, power, collaboration or competition) help or hinder cooperation. His research findings enrich the panel discussion with Matthias Schäfer (CEO of MÖRK GmbH & Co. KG), Bernd Heinzinger (Solution Specialist Intelligent Cloud, Microsoft Deutschland) and Evelyn Koch (Management Emil-Gminder-Akademie). The discussion was organized last friday by the vhs Reutlingen together with its new institution, the Emil-Gminder-Akademie.


2018-02-21  |  First meeting of the scientific advisory board in changed composition
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This year’s spring meeting of the newly composed scientific advisory board of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien took place on 19 and 20 February 2018. (In the picture from left to right: Prenzel, Jonas, Leutner, Cress, van Merriënboer, Spinath, Stürmer, Aleven)


The new members Prof. Dr. Vincent Aleven (Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, USA), Prof. Dr. Eva Jonas (University of Salzburg, Austria), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Manfred Prenzel (Technical University of Munich) and Prof. Dr. Stefan Stürmer, (FernUniversität in Hagen) provide very different scientific perspectives – form social psychology to educational research to human-computer-interaction – and therefore excellently complement the other members of the scientific advisory board of the IWM with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Detlef Leutner (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Prof. Jeroen J. G. van Merriënboer (Maastricht University, Niederlande und Prof. Dr. Birgit Spinath (Heidelberg University).
We look forward to continue working with this strong team and like to thank the former members Prof. Dr. Monique Boekaerts, Prof. Dr. Bettina Hannover, Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn und Prof. Dr. Josef Schrader for their expertise and professional input in the last eight years.


2018-02-20  |  Digital education material at the Didacta. Katharina Scheiter of the IWM in an interview with Stuttgarter Zeitung
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“Digital learning must become a standard practise in German schools. All experts, who present themselves at the education fair Didacta in Hannover this week, agree on this point.  But how well are publishers prepared for it?“ says the introduction of the article. 
Katharina Scheiter is head of the Multiple Representations Lab at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) and full professor for Empirical Research on Learning and Instruction at the University of Tübingen. Together with her research group, she investigates cognitive processes underlying learning from multiple representations as well as means of supporting these processes. Results from this research are used to design digital textbooks and tablet-based applications for education. Therefore, she is an expert when it comes to evaluating and developing digital learning media at schools. Regarding her work at school, she notes: “Excedingly few media are designed in accordance with latest findings in teaching research” and “You have to consider under what circumstances digital learning has an advantage”.


2018-02-16  |  Symposium IWM #LearnMap about learning processes – research on digital media in university teaching. Call for Papers
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Your research focuses on learning processes from a psychological perspective, examines different facets of learning success respectively the characteristics of digital learning environments or deals with the evaluation of learning and teaching methods?
The Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) organises a symposium about learning processes – research on digital media in university teaching – on 11 and 12 October 2018. The conference is aimed at scholars of psychology and related disciplines, project participants of the current funding line on digital higher education of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as well as at interested teachers and students. Following research topics will be presented: Learning process during learning with digital media; empirically measuring the success of learning with digital media; digital learning environments in the university; theoretical approach towards learning and teaching with digital media.


Papers can be submitted now: Go to the event website or download the Call for Papers as PDF here (in German)


Detailed information about the symposium: https://learnmap.iwm-tuebingen.de (in German)


Contact: : fachtagunglearnmap@iwm-tuebingen.de


2018-02-15  |  Prof. Dr. Sonja Utz (IWM) as Senior Scholar at the conference „Computational Communication Science“ (CCS)
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Within the framework of the CCS, the Department of Journalism and Communication Research at Hannover University of Music, Drama, and Media has invited selected professors to a “Roadmap Conference” on 15 and 16 February. In addition to training courses, the event aims to discuss possibilities and challenges of digital research with and on large data sets that can be addressed by the community. Key issues are “Access and Availability of Big Data Resources”, “Analysing Software and Techniques”, “Research Ethics and Data Science”, “Combination of computational and conventional Methods” and “Interdisciplinary Arrangement between Computer Science and Communication Research”. 

Prof. Dr. Sonja Utz of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien is excited: “Computational methods offer many possibilities. But since they are not part of the course of study, they are currently posing challenges for researchers. I greatly welcome that the topic is explored systematically at the Roadmap Conference and I am looking forward to synergy effects through new co-operations.”
Participants are Noshir Contractor of Northwestern University, Jan Kleinnijenhuis of VU University Amsterdam as well as data science experts who are not based in the field of Communications Research such as Wolfgang Nejdl (Computer Science) of the Leibniz Universität Hannover – principal investigator of a thematic ERC Advanced Grants and head of the Learning Labs Lower Saxony (L3S). In order to ensure the sustainability of the joint discussion and brain power, the results will be documented and published in a special issue of the “International Journal of Communication”.


2018-02-15  |  Dr. Anne Thillosen auf der ersten Sitzung der Arbeitsgruppe „Digitales Lernen, Lehren und Vernetzen“ der Allianz-Initiative
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Since 2008, the Alliance of Science Organisations has successfully contributed to an improved provision of information in research and teaching through its Priority Initiative “Digital Information”. Now the initiative starts into the third project phase (2018-2022) and responds to challenges of digital learning and teaching with a new project group. 
More and more digital services allow learning, teaching and even graduating online. Providers are not only educational institutions but also commercial suppliers. In order to support an effective positioning of science organisations regarding this wealth of information, intensive co-operation between the players is more important than ever.
At this point the new project group Digital learning, teaching and networking” of the Alliance sets in.  Dr. Anne Thillosen of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) represented the Leibniz Association at the first session of the project group in Berlin yesterday: “Unlike universities, teaching is not in the main focus of science organisations. But yesterday’s meeting has shown: Teaching and networking with digital media is crucial for all – within the organisation as well as in areas like Citizen Science. Until the next meeting, the open-minded and very active discussion about the future key topics the project group likes to determine – in comparison to universities – will be continued online. I have the impression that the group will deliver very constructive impulses not only for the science organisations but also for the education system and the society."
The Alliance of Science Organisations is an association of all large science organisations in Germany. It regularly comments on important issues of science policy. Besides the Leibniz Association additional members are: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD),   German Research Foundation (DFG), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Helmholtz Association, German Rectors' Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz - HRK), Max Planck Society, German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Wissenschaftsrat (German Council of Science and Humanities).


2018-02-14  |  Handbook E-Learning published in fifth, updated edition
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In 2004, the first edition of the handbook was published, which has since become a standard work on teaching and learning with digital media.

In January 2018, Dr. Anne Thillosen of the Leibniz-Institut füt Wissenmedien (IWM), Patricia Arnold (HS Munich), Lars Kilian (TU Kaiserslautern) and Gerhard Zimmer (formerly HSU Hamburg) published the 5th edition. The manual was updated and supplemented again this time. It now includes, e.g., a section on the use of humanoid robots in learning contexts and an index. The eleven chapters provide a basic, application-oriented overview of all central areas of teaching and learning with digital media (except for the technical implementation). Topics are: ”Education with E-Learning”, “Virtual Educational Space”,  “Didactic Conception”, “Educational Resources”, “Competencies for Teaching and Learning”, “Learning Outcomes and Competency Web Testing”, “Quality Management”, “Evaluation”, “Standardization”, “Legal Foundations” and “Implementation”.


Anne Thillosen about the new edition: “The ongoing interest in the manual E-Learning indicates that the target group is steadily expanding.  As author I recognize with every necessary update how fast this area develops.  Of course, there was a major step between the first edition in 2004 and the completely revised edition of 2011 – but between 2015 and today many things have changed as well.”


2018-02-09  |  LISA at LEARNTEC 2018

10.000 visitors attracted the E-Learning fair LEARNTECT last week. Among the 302 exhibitors, the visitors could examine the cooperation project LISA – Learning Analytics for sensor-based adaptive Learning – of the Leibniz-Institut für Wisssensmedien (IWM). 
Project LISA shows how learning processes can be made more personalized and adaptive. It is a cooperation between the IWM, the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft in Berlin, the Humboldt Universität Berlin, Neocosmo, Solutions & Global Media GmbH and Promotion Software. At the booth of Neocosmo (Pic.1-3), visitors could measure by their pulse rate how their mood and power of concentration affected learning activity (Pic.4). Then, via smartphone they received information on how they could improve their learning situation. (Pic.5-7)
Regarding the evaluation of sensor-based data, the area of Learning Analytics still lags behind major providers like Google – with that Prof. Albrecht Fortenbacher of the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin opened his speech on „Learning Analytics für erfahrbares Lernen“. LISA takes an important step forward: It shows the link between learning content and learning success on the basis of sensor measurements, thus providing significant implications for the development of didactic concepts.
                          

 

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2018-02-08  |  When fear is googling too, the motivation for cancer screening rises

Psychologists of the Leibniz- Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tuebingen from the team of Prof. Dr. Kai Sassenberg found out: The fear of cancer influences whether people after searching medical information online go to cancer check-ups or not. People who look up information on cancer screening on the internet, plan to go to their screenings more often – but only if they are afraid of getting cancer. 
Although modern medicine has made progress in the fight against cancer, the fear of cancer diseases is widespread. Still, regular screenings are no matter of course.  Only almost every fifth person over 55 years has undergone a colonoscopy even though it is recommend for this age group as cancer prevention. What influences people to undergo these screenings?


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2018-02-08  |  Joachim Kimmerle at the Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart
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Following an invitation from the speaker of psychology at the secondary school department of the Regierungspräsidium, Apl. Prof. Dr. Joachim Kimmerle of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) is holding a lecture today. In doing so, he starts off the training day on media psychology for teachers who teach psychology at course level in the 170 high schools of the Stuttgart region. 
Kimmerle offers an introduction to “Media and Media Psychology” and focusses on the choice of media, for example the media teens select, and on explanations of emotion-related media choices. In addition, he discusses media impact like for instance in relation to aggressive behaviour as well as media literacy. Workshops on teaching practice will follow the lecture. “The everyday reality of teens is highly influenced by the use of media. Thus, it is crucial that teachers are sensitised to the media consumption habits of their students and that they examine possibilities of increasing media literacy,“ says Kimmerle.


2018-02-07  |  IWM and e-teaching at LEARNTEC 2018: A resume.
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Several research projects on digital media in higher education teaching of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) have been presented at the e-learning trade fair LEARNTEC in Karlsruhe last week. 

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hirt (Pic.6) of the university clinic Tübingen reported about the BMBF-project (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) “Open Teach” – a cooperation project between the IWM and the online platform Sectio Chirurgica. The key question of his lecture was how digital media can support collaborative working in different medical professions. The BMBF-project “Digital Learning Map 2020” was presented the second time at LEARNTEC after its start in 2017.

Gabriele Irle and Elke Kümmel (IWM) invited the audience to join the best practice database (Pic.1 & 5) which is developed within the project and will go online in summer 2018. Gabriele Irle: “The database offers university teachers from all over Germany the possibility to share their experiences on digital teaching and to get to know the best practices of other teachers. The database is characterized by two features: It shows interdisciplinary solutions across universities and focusses on the individual learning process – not on the tools used.”
Both speeches were held at the well-attended exhibition forum university@LEARNTEC. The forum was again organized by the team of e-teaching.org and was moderated by its members Dr. Anne Thillosen (Pic.4 & 7) and Markus Schmidt (Pic.2). The presenters provided exciting insights into a broad range of applications of digital media in teaching: From agility to peer assessment, from robot vehicles to augmented reality, from gamification to the consequences for curricula and university administrations.
The forum was followed by a workshop for ten digitization projects at national universities that are currently funded by the program „Digital Innovations for Smart Teaching – Better Learning“ of the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg. Organizer of the workshop was the IWM’s accompanying program „Smart Teaching Baden-Württemberg“ which supports the sustainable implementation of the projects inter alia through a series of events. Mareike Kehrer and Dr. Michael Hellermann (IWM), for example, talked in their workshop about the workflow during the production of open educational resources (Pic.8).

 

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2018-02-06  |  Dr. Anne Thillosen of the IWM on the move as expert: „Feasibility study for an (inter)national university platform”
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The Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD) has taken first steps to advance the set-up of a national platform for Higher Education Teaching. In the final report of the first project phase (2014-2016), the HFD supported the idea of creating such a platform. There are several reasons for it.
First, on the existing non-European (MOOC-)platforms like edX and Coursera, the protection of student data cannot be guaranteed.  Second, the German – and in the medium term the European – university sector should be strengthened for example by a platform that all German higher education institutions can use for their own teaching and that strengthens university cooperation.


In order to evaluate the possibilities for the concrete implementation of such a platform, the HFD and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research had ordered a feasibility study in summer 2017. The study was given to the MBB institute and to neocosmo which invited experts – including Dr. Anne Thillosen of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) – to a “Stakeholder workshop” to discuss possible development scenarios and variations. At the workshop, first ideas and results will be presented. The key agenda is: How could and should a national university platform ideally look like and which requirements and options for development as well as problems and risk have to be considered?


“In any case it is useful to take different perspective into account especially at the beginning of the discussion process since e-learning actors, university administration and data centres all have very different views and interests – and they all, of course, should use such a platform. I am glad to bring the perspective of e-teching.org and our community into discussion”, says Thillosen.


2018-01-31  |  What about the use of digital media in German schools? Ulrike Cress in an interview with "Die Debatte"
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Future school education without the use of digital media would be inconceivable. Thereby, children of new generations (the so called digital natives) seem to know more about the use of digital technologies than adults who did not grow up with those media. But is this true? Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensemedien answers this question. In an interview with Die Debatte, Cress also talked about how digital media is changing school education and about their specific use for different age groups: 

If we successfully integrate media into school lesson as teachers, it means, that teaching changes as well. Lessons will be more self-directed, more collaborative as well as interactive.”   


Die Debatte discusses controversial scientific issues. It is organized by Wissenschaft im Dialog, the Science Media Center Germany (SMC) and the Technische Universitaet Braunschweig.


Link to the video  (german only)


2018-01-30  |  Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress at the first ISLS workshop in Africa
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To engage African scholars in advancing the Learning Sciences, the first Workshop of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 12 and 13 February 2018. The workshop will showcase inspirational research, drawing from multidisciplinary areas of the Learning Sciences, and presenting new and provocative debates on how people learn.


Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress, director of the Leibniz-Insitut für Wissensmedien in Tübingen, is one of the keynote speakers. She will talk about “Knowledge creation in mass-collaboration scenarios”, for instance on the online platform Wikipedia. Cress: “Although Africa is working on exciting research questions, it is still underrepresented in the international research of Learning Sciences. The workshop aims to explore possibilities for cooperation and to discover the different research foci.


The International Society of the Learning Sciences is an interdisciplinary society dedicated to the empirical investigation of learning as it exists in real-world settings. It is concerned with the question how learning may be facilitated both with and without technology.

 

Workshop program


2018-01-29  |  Congratulations Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress on the election as member of the VHB program commission
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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress, director of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM), was again elected member of the program commission of the Virtuellen Hochschule Bayerns (vhb) -  Bavarian Virtual University. Since 2017, she accompanies the development of the vhb: “I am very impressed how Bavaria is consequently spreading digital teaching with the vhb. It succeeds in identifying the mutual needs and offers of higher education institutions, thus facilitating cooperation between universities. Therefore, I am looking forward to continuing working at the vhb.”


The Bavarian Virtual University is an association of all Bavarian universities and higher education institutions for applied sciences. The VHB offers multimedia online courses on a wide range of scientific areas for students as well as non-students.


2018-01-26  |  Call for Papers for LERN member institutions until 31.01.2018
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On 26 and 27 April 2018, the Annual Research Meeting LERN takes place at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen. Subject of the meeting is “Digitisation and Education: Potentials and Challenges from the Perspective of Educational Research”.

The Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN) aims to identify with the meeting the current state of research and expertise of its member institutions as well as further research demands. In order to prepare the conference, all LERN member institutions are asked to submit suggestions for presentations via mail to leibniz-bildungspotenziale@dipf.de until Wednesday, 31 January 2018.


Call for Papers (PDF in German)


2018-01-26  |  IWM and e-teaching at the LEARNTEC 2018
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Most German universities use digital media for teaching. However, their potential is not yet fully utilised. How the use of digital media in higher education can be improved, is the topic of the exhibition forum university@LEARNTEC.


On 30 January 2018, scientists from the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) will present new impulses for the future of university education at the LEARNTEC fair:  Gabriele Irle (IWM) and Prof. Dr. Johannes Moskaliuk visualise the current state of digital university education with the Digital Learning Map 2020. They will answer the question, what makes teaching with digital tools effective. Prof. Dr. Joachim Kimmerle (IWM) together with Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hirt from the University of Tübingen will show how learning between specialists can be supported – especially between medical professionals.


We expect exciting insights into innovative ideas and best practice examples” says Dr. Anne Thillosen (IWM), head of e-teaching.org. The team of the information and qualification portal has organised the program and will moderate the forum. E-teaching.org offers extensive scientific content on the integration of digital media into higher education.

 

Information on the program (in German)


2018-01-25  |  New IWM film: Knowledge-related internet usage
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The internet is an integral part of our everyday life. Here we connect with each other. We use the internet to search, place and expand our knowledge - and the knowledge of others: consciously and unconsciously. The Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen is researching how the Internet is used in a knowledge-based way. The IWM focuses not only on digital knowledge processes at universities or in workplaces, but also on knowledge acquisition during our leisure time. At the IWM a series of research questions on knowledge processes are being investigated. Alone or in groups, at home or at school, at work or in the museum - knowledge emerges everywhere. Digital media exist in all these places and they accompany us at all times in our daily lives.

 

Link to video


2018-01-16  |  Interview with Dr. Anne Thillosen on studienwahl.de
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With regard to its digitization, the future of teaching at universities seems uncertain. Yet, in the area of e-learning – the electronically supported learning by the use of media – much has happened. Anne Thillosen from the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien talked to studienwahl.de about the future of higher education institutions. She is head of e-teaching.org, an e-learning information and qualification portal that provides extensive and scientifically based content about the integration of digital media into higher education.


Article (only german)


2018-01-12  |  7 tips for a good work day on the 7th anniversary of wissensdialoge.de
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In January 2011, the journey of the online journal wissensdialoge.de, supported by the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, began (IWM). Here, employees work as editors and guest authors, thus contributing to a continuous exchange of knowledge between research and practical fields. In the last seven years over 300 articles on current research questions and findings have been published on the platform. Topics include personnel development, teamwork, employee management as well as organisational learning and knowledge management.


To celebrate the 7th anniversary, the editorial team likes to offer you seven tips – their personal kit – for a successful work day (in german): For example “After the break is before the break” by Dr. Christina Matschke and “Practise active listening” by Dr. Annika Scholl.


More information on the online journal:

 http://www.wissensdialoge.de



2018-01-10  |  How we understand understanding from misunderstandings. The IWM at the interdisciplinary workshop “misunderstanding” at the University of Stuttgart

“Misunderstandings are part of everyday life. They disturb communication but also stimulate it. Misunderstandings trigger arguments, are the source of conversation and not uncommonly only strategically simulated.” So how can we learn to better understand the process of understanding from misunderstandings? And what happens if we just do not understand.
On 12 January 2018 at the interdisciplinary workshop “misunderstanding”, researchers from the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmeiden (IWM) present latest insights and developments in psychology on this topic. With its focus on knowledge processes the Leibniz Institute provides a valuable input for the workshop. Therefore, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress and Prof. Dr. Joachim Kimmerle address the question “How well do laymen understand the fragility of scientific content?” and Prof. Dr. Stephan Schwan gives insights into “(Mis-)understanding text-image combinations”. From the perspective of various disciplines, the participants want to discuss, inter alia, which roles context, medium, perspective and affects play in processes of understanding. The workshop will end on 13 January 2018.
Processes of understanding also take centre stage of the joint cluster application “Understanding Understanding“ of the universities of Stuttgart and Tübingen as well as of the Deutsche Literaturarchiv (DLA) (German Literature Archive) Marbach and the Leibniz-Institute für Wissensmedien Tübingen (IWM).


Program of the workshop (in german)


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