Application Requirements

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). 

  • Presentation of concept and use of funds

    The time table, 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

    You are welcome to attend our information session on 28 October 2021, one of the workshops for finding ideas or the SOS Help Day

    Your contact for any questions regarding project management, the application procedure and the use of funds is Marina Friedrich-Schieback, friedrich-schieback ssl.uni-mannheim.de

  • Accompanying research

    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. 

    Your contact in case of questions regarding the accompanying research: Lucas Lörch, lloerch zlbi.uni-mannheim.de  

  • Readiness regarding knowledge transfer

    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.  

    Your contact in case of questions regarding knowledge transfer is Niko Baldus; baldus ssl.uni-mannheim.de

At a glance

The InnoMA team offers a wide range of services. Here you can read more about our services. To support your project and to foster the transfer of your ideas, it is necessary that your project team

  • actively participates in regular talks (two to three times per semester) to discuss their experiences with colleagues and students,
  • provide accompanying research projects with relevant data generated within the scope of the project, while complying with data protection standards,
  • talks to the InnoMA team before procuring any hardware, software or licenses,
  • realistically plans the use of  resources and talks to the InnoMA team if there are any changes to the schedule or the personnel or financing plan,
  • presents the project findings on the Tag der Lehre (a day dedicated to teaching),
  • agrees to publishing project results in talks and publications within the context of meetings with partners and conferences, 
  • actively participates in creating reports, patterns that can be transferred to other settings, open-access formats and open educational resources.