Designing Researched-Based Teaching
As part of the project Research Based Learning in Focus Plus (FLiF+), we support teaching staff and students in implementing research-based teaching and learning. We offer different forms of support:
Advanced training in teaching and learning in higher education, ranging from two-hour to two-day workshops. These workshops address general principles of teaching in higher education, but also include topics covering research-based learning specifically. These workshops are coordinated and organised together with the Department of Teaching in Higher Education (Arbeitsbereich Hochschuldidaktik).
Following the idea of participation as the fundamental principle in research-based learning, further formats of support will be developed, tested, and established in close collaboration with staff and students. Professors, students and research staff of other university’s institutions are welcome to get in touch regarding any assistance they may need or questions they may have about research-based teaching and learning.
We particularly seek to promote the development and exploration of discipline-specific research-based learning formats, as the meaning and practice of academic and research work differ from discipline to discipline. To that end, we offer several options:
- Counselling and support in conceptualising and teaching classes at the universty, in German or in English,
- Organising and guiding exchange among teaching staff,
- Establishing networks among different interested parties.
Research-oriented studying involves designing the research and making an informed choice of research methods or their combination. In order to increase your versatility and certainty when advising students about possible methodological approaches, we offer advanced training and advising about various quantitative and qualitative methods.
In supporting teaching staff with research-based learning, our emphasis is placed on using digital media for collaboration as well as on e-Portfolios, which enable “reflective practices” in learning. Dr. Vicotria Marín and Carola Schirmer plan and coordinate the activities. You can find descriptions and direct links on the "e-Didaktik" page.
Through making films and podcasts, students can show their progress and present their research findings. These works can be used as an alternative to exams in research based-learning. Teaching staff can get advice about pedagogical use of film in classes. We provide the technology and support the students in filming and editing.
Contact: Lars Seehausen
At forschen@studium, we support teaching staff of the University of Oldenburg in developing and implementing concepts for research-based teaching and learning with digital technologies. The e-Didactics team offers workshops and individual consultations as well as how-to guides and courses for using digital tools. Teaching staff can thus develop different pedagogical scenarios and at the same time acquire necessary technical skills. In doing so, the technology is not only used, but also questioned and participants can – when circumstances allow – also help shape it. This is why we foster a “community of practice”, where teaching staff can exchange their experiences, and support networking activities with different actors of the university.
The workshops for teaching staff about the use of digital technologies and media in research-based teaching and learning can be found on the page of the Department for Teaching in Higher Education "hochschuldidaktischen Veranstaltungen".
This blog presents not only pedagogical concepts and ideas, but also digital technologies. You can find examples of how you can use digital technologies for activities in research-based learning and how you can provide guidance for students when using digital tools. In the blog’s comment section, you can also describe and share your own ideas and experiences with different tools. (https://wp.uni-oldenburg.de/edidactics/)
An e-portfolio is a digital collection of documents that tracks the learning process. As a pedagogical tool, the e-portfolios are very versatile: they can be used to emphasise the process and reflective learning (formative assessment) or to show the final work and present the results that are to be graded (summative assessment). e-portfolios can be a tool not only for students, but also for teaching staff; they can be used individually or collectively, publicly or privately. This enables the implementation of different forms of student-centric learning, reflection, and class evaluation.
The University of Oldenburg offers the WordPress installation kit. These blogs can, among other uses, be set and used as e-portfolios. Starting in the summer term 2017, the user management of WordPress blogs has been integrated into the Stud.IP class organisation. In the e-Didactics blog, you can find instructions about how to use the plugin “WordPress Connector” in Stud.IP:
The e-Didactics blog offers descriptions of useful tools that can also be used for collaborative learning processes in research-based learning. You can share your experiences and feedback in the blog’s comment section:
This mind map provides a good overview of these and other tools:
We’d especially like to draw your attention to tools that are already part of Stud.IP or can be provided by the university. For legal reasons (such personal data and official data protection) the mandatory use of many other tools cannot be required in class.
This collection contains information and references to resources about research-based learning with and without digital technologies.