In 2021, some InnoMA pilot projects already started. Various schools are involved in these projects that represent the different departments at the University of Mannheim. For more information on the initial projects, please see below:
Project summary: The teaching method that is already in use prepares students in the bachelor's program in Business Law for the first state examination in private law (Zivilrechtliche Staatsexamensklausuren) by offering them digital resources for working in learning groups. An online data base is used to provide them weekly with learning material that will help them to structure their preparations for the examinations. Online workshops (“Klausurenkliniken”) are used to improve the students’ strategies to solve cases. Teachers will give feedback in a forum on the learning platform ILIAS. The students’ feedback on this program is outstanding. Therefore, the model will be extended to the graduate program where students prepare for the examinations in Criminal Law and Public Law.
A digital system for learning questions (CoTutor) for individual learning will be offered to support the lecture that introduces to psychology of Education (“Einführung in die Bildungspsychologie”). The system promotes deeper learning and aims at improving the learning progress by adding detailed information about the correct answer if students have chosen the wrong answer (distractors). In addition, a repetition mechanism (retrieval practice) has been integrated. The system has been tested during two semesters. The students’ use was analyzed based on the evidence of the digital learning process data. The system will now be further developed to provide targeted support for metacognitive processes, self-regulated learning processes and elaborative cognitive learning strategies.
Project manager: Prof. Dr. Leif Döring, Prof. Dr. Martin Slowik and Prof. Dr. David Prömel
The department of Mathematics extends its offers for self-studying to enable students more flexibility when it comes to their individual learning process and learning need. The lectures and exercise courses are recorded and made available digitally. Various references and additional information address the individual learning need. Individual consultations with teachers and learning analytics tools support the students’ learning progress during the semester. The pilot phase starts in the spring semester 2021. After the project has started, first transfers within the department will be possible.
The projects aims at providing students of Business Informatics with automatic feedback on programming tasks they have to complete and on using algorithms. For this, a learning environment is required that provides informative feedback on the contents and automatically provides the students with new tasks that are based on this feedback. The experiences from the CoTutor project are the basis for the didactics and the concept. Due to the subject, however, some adjustments are necessary. The offer is for example for international students preparing for a degree program.
The teaching method was jointly developed with Darla Moore (South Carolina), ESSEC (Campus Singapore) and Fundação Getulio Vargas (Rio de Janeiro). Asynchronous teaching offers for self-studying the basic topics of the course are used to address, in particular, the time difference. In addition, there are integrated online quizzes with questions to check the individual learning process (supported by learning analytics applications) as well as meetings with mentors where questions can be asked. There is also a hybrid event where completed case studies are used to further study the application examples. The integration of digital formats will support this process so that student groups with members from various continents can be established. The case studies will then be presented to a jury, either at a hybrid event or in an online meeting. After the pilot phase, the project members plan to use the method for other international courses.
The format „Geisteswissenschaften in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft: Projektarbeit als Trainingsfeld von Responsible Research & Innovation” (Humanities in business and society: project work to train responsible research and innovation) will be scaled to the subjects of the entire school and transferred to digital and hybrid formats. The project has already been implemented as a pilot project at the department of History. An international, virtual seminar format (COIL) will be used and an addition to the RRI toolkit will be implemented. The project is interdisciplinary connected to the field of Data Sciences (Responsible Data Literacy) and Economics and Business Administration (Sustainable Cultural Entrepreneurship).
The project deals with new possibilities for data-based school development. Based on the educational data literacy model, a study module consisting of two steps will be implemented and tested. As first step, an online course similar to the xMOOCS (Extended Massive Open Online Courses) is offered that shows the potential of school development based on data. The second step is that students implement a project that focuses on the data-based further development of schools during their practice-oriented semester. Workshops to support the projects in the practice-oriented semesters are organized. The study module is supported by an initiative of the Land of Baden-Württemberg that aims at promoting the further development of schools based on data.