Digitization at Berlin universities is financed by eight million euros

Audimax hall at the university Photo: imago / Olaf Döring

Even greater digitization in teaching, studying and administration is a key condition for the innovative strength of universities and the attractiveness of Berlin as a place of study. Universities have already made great strides in these areas, especially in the last few years of the pandemic.

The city of Berlin will continue to support this and is therefore funding seven joint inter-university projects with a total value of € 8.2 million by 2024 under the Digitization and Innovation goal of the Quality and Innovation Offensive (Phase 2 funding).

Digitization in studies and teaching “especially valuable”

The funding priority supports inter-university goals, tasks and processes. In this way, universities can respond to current events and needs with selected projects and further extend the systematic digitization of teaching and studies to generally facilitate the daily life of students and teachers and remove obstacles.

“Digitization in studies and teaching is especially valuable if it facilitates access to higher education and supports the permeability of the higher education system,” said Armaghan Naghipour, Secretary of State for Science. “Both students and teachers will benefit from funding from joint projects. I am convinced that with these inter-university initiatives we will also generate long-term synergies and together we will make another leap in innovation in science and teaching. ‘

Both technical and infrastructural development as well as innovative forms of teaching and their quality assurance are financed.

Digital campus card and intersite courses

Planned projects to increase digitization are as follows:

Campus Card – The aim of the project is to introduce a digital student card for smartphones, which in the long term is to replace a physical card. The application, which will be created for this purpose, aims to map all functions of the current physical cards (e.g. cards for a canteen, semester ticket, library use) as contactless services.

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) – Berlin universities use digital formats to expand their teaching and learning opportunities, making internal internationalization even more effective, thus optimizing access to relevant offers for international visitors and students, and intercultural experiences educational are better. Together with international partner universities, cross-site courses are to be implemented and common quality standards developed.

Concepts of rooms for hybrid learning and orientation cloud

Identity Management – The project is seen as a service project for all Berlin universities as it allows access to the University’s Learning Management Systems (LMS) with a single login via shared identity management. This puts universities in an even better position to implement courses together. This makes it easier for students to access courses at other universities and the accompanying teaching materials.

Hybrid Learning Network – The purpose of the hybrid learning network is to develop and test technically diverse spatial concepts for hybrid teaching-learning scenarios. For this purpose, training concepts in the use of media technology and teaching and learning concepts for various hybrid scenarios are developed, in addition to recording the essential requirements for technology and room equipment.

Orientation Cloud (O-Cloud) – The project focuses on orientation questions, especially at the beginning of the so-called “Student travel” and supports the growth of success in science. Through digital education packages (comparable to Massive Open Online Courses – MOOCs), students’ orientation and decision-making skills are promoted, and especially in case of doubts about their studies, they are directly linked to other offers (e.g. counseling, mentoring support).

Digital promotion, but also cultural

Applied Digital Teaching and Learning (PadLL) Platform – The aim of the association is to further develop digital teaching, learning and testing in the context of application-focused university teaching. In cooperation projects, further training modules and examples of good teaching practice, incl. B. in terms of digital accessibility, developed and communicated. In addition, a legal service point will be established to assist with questions regarding the implementation of digital teaching and testing formats.

#Digital Administration – The aim of this project is the systematic digitization of the administrative processes supporting the teaching of three art universities, including the introduction of digital self-service, electronic purchasing and identity management.

Berlin has a unique density and variety of universities in Germany. Joint projects not only promote a culture of collaboration, but also support the broad transfer of digitization and innovation.

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