Within the scope of “Enabling innovation and fostering transfer: Structures for digital teaching at the University of Mannheim (InnoMA)” you can apply for funding for projects on the digitalization of teaching.
Applicants need to explain the methods and the intended use of the funding they apply for. In addition, they are expected to actively participate in accompanying research in cooperation with the Center for Teacher Education and Educational Innovation (ZLBI), share their knowledge in project meetings and present the findings of their project (e.g. on the Tag der Lehre).
The timetable, personnel plan and financing plan you set up in your grant application is the basis for the financial controlling of the entire InnoMA project. Thus it is essential to check with the InnoMA team in due time, if you plan to deviate from the original time table or plan to procure hardware, software or licenses. Please note that the funds are bound to a schedule and that deviations from that schedule can result in the loss of funds for your project.
Please find more information on the application process here.
The accompanying research is an integral part of the InnoMA project. Thus, it is required to provide relevant data that is produced as part of the project for the accompanying research. This happens of course in line with the data protection standards. In the following, we detail for you how we define accompanying research in the context of the InnoMA project:
The teaching projects have the objective to reach certain goals and improvements by means of digital media. These goals and improvements are the starting point for the accompanying research. This is not about a standardized evaluation of a course or a concluding assessment. It is about individual, systematic support in the context of an innovative development process.
Teachers use digital media with a clear intention of obtaining a certain effect with the students. Often times, however, it is not clear, whether students use digital media the way they are intended. Therefore, we plan to examine how students use digital media, what kind of effect they have on them and to what extend the effect matches the objectives of the teachers.
In order to develop the research questions and to plan the accompanying research we need some information from the teachers . Moreover, in order to examine use and effects of digital media, we also plan to collect data from students. The empirical methods we plan to apply reach from questionnaires and qualitative interviews to observing courses and compiling learning process data. The produced data will be processed, analyzed and provided for the respective teachers. Based on the new insights, the teaching projects are to be developed continuously, for example by adjusting the digital media or by controlling their use. The objective of this cooperation between ZLBI and teachers as part of InnoMA is the optimization of teaching and learning processed and the active encouragement to develop innovative digital teaching methods.
The central objective of InnoMA is the transfer of ideas and concepts within and outside of the university. InnoMA funding therefore requires active participation in accompanying talks and open communication with the InnoMA project team to clarify any upcoming questions. Grantees need to agree to publish their projects findings and need to actively participate, e.g. by writing reports, by working on didactical models as part of writer’s workshops, by providing open access content and open educational resources.