Leipzig University recognised early on that digitally supported teaching must always be considered in conjunction with the didactic design of the course. The learning goal-oriented use of digital tools and techniques can contribute significantly to meeting the individual needs of our student body. The focus on Teaching.Digital at the University Computer Centre includes the sustainable development of innovative and custom-fit solutions for your courses.
Together with institutions and cooperation partners, the University Computer Centre implements new projects as a driver of digitalisation. In this way, digitally supported teaching is sustainably strengthened and continuously advanced. In addition to subject-specific competences, digital skills and media didactic basics are taught in various projects and established institutions, examples of good teaching practice are made visible, networks for exchange are created and further offers are established.
The following selection of digitisation projects provides an insight into the resulting IT services:
Project management: Dr. Claudia Bade (HDS) and Alexander Clauss (Dresden University of Technology). As an advisory and accompanying body above this level, there is also the steering committee consisting of representatives of the Higher Education Didactic Centre Saxony (HDS) and the eLearning working group of the Saxony Rectors' Conference (AKeL).
Project content: The aim of the project is to implement the state-wide digitisation strategy for higher education teaching and to advance the transformation of studies and teaching in the context of digitisation.
In doing so, the project network acts in the following three lines of action:
- Activation through “digital fellowships”.
Digital fellowships provide funding for projects by teachers and students who want to further develop university teaching against the backdrop of digitalisation. Both individuals and tandems can apply for a fellowship.
- Broad impact through “digital workspaces”
In open workshops, the so-called digital workspaces, actors involved in teaching work on the conception of digitally supported teaching-learning scenarios.
- Consolidation through digital change agents
The multiplier programme “digital change agents” trains actors who work at the interfaces of teaching organisation in the area of counselling and change management in order to anchor innovations at the level of study organisation.
- Networking of actors in higher education didactics
- Designing the Saxon Higher Education Didactics Room
- Survey of demand for training courses and their evaluation
- Conception and implementation of further training events for lecturers
- Supporting higher education institutions in achieving their goals/digitisation strategies
Project management: Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofsäss
Project coordination: Dr. Robert Reilein
Project: Digital Education
Project content: The project aims at the broad establishment of digital support possibilities for university teaching for all departments of the university. Digital support options are funded by many projects. In the process, innovative “digital islands” are created through the high commitment of teachers and students. The project offers various possibilities for the continuous use of this knowledge and invites a broad exchange with all status groups of the university through a manifold offer.
- Netzwerk Lehre.Digital: Networking of higher education didactic actors in the Netzwerk Lehre.Digital
- Collection: LEHRPRAXIS: Platform with examples of good teaching practice
- Faculty Discourses: Supporting the strategy development process for digitisation at the faculties
- Examination Forum: Networking on the topic of examinations
In recent years, a large number of digitally supported teaching and learning scenarios have been promoted and implemented at the University of Leipzig. In order to make this knowledge more visible across the university and to enable subsequent use, the Teaching.Digital network was launched in 2019. Since then, actors from various status groups at the university have been exchanging information on the topic of digital teaching in regular meetings.
Collection: LEHRPRAXIS (Teaching practice)
Good teaching practice takes place every day at the University of Leipzig. Every year, teachers reinvent their university teaching and reflect on the experiences they have made. In the collection: LEHRPRAXIS you can discover teaching-learning projects already carried out at the University of Leipzig. Be inspired by the professional and methodological diversity and develop your own ideas for new projects.
Check In regular meetings, teachers from all faculties can exchange information about the possibilities of analogue and digital testing. Practice-oriented, participants can expect a mixture of introductory elements as well as reports on experiences. A discussion about didactic methods and technical implementation forms the framework of each event. The results of the meetings flow into the online exams info course, which is accessible university-wide via the Moodle learning platform.
Project management: Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofsäss
Project coordination: Prof. Dr. Olaf Bärenfänger, Prof. Dr. Sonja Ganguin, Dr. Robert Reilein, Prof. Dr. Nicola Würffel
From April to September 2021, the project "Faculty Discourses" piloted. As part of the strategy development process for digitalisation in teaching, faculties can receive advice and support in developing their own sub-strategy. Staff members of the "Faculty Discourses" project support the survey of the current situation, moderate workshops on strategy development and give advice on the curricular anchoring of digital competence development. The Faculty Discourses are expected to be continued from June 2022 under the direction of the Office of Quality Development in Teaching and Studies.
Accompanying the roll-out of the umbrella strategy “Digitisation in Teaching” at the faculties
Moderation of the development process at the faculties
Handouts on the curricular anchoring of digital competence development
The project was funded by the Digital Education – From Islands to Continent project.
Project responsibility: Prof. Dr. Roger Gläser (overall coordination via the Higher Education Didactic Centre Saxony (HDS)).
Project content: The joint project D2C2 promotes the digitalisation of teaching and learning at 11 universities in Saxony.
Working task: Four challenges are addressed in five subject-specific professional learning communities: (1) develop digital competencies of students in undergraduate teaching. (2) to enable didactically sound digitalised workshop and laboratory work (3) Establish the didactically sound use of an OER task pool for mathematics as a basic subject (4) Create a common didactical, technical and legal understanding of digital examinations.
Advice and support
Project management: Dr Robert Reilein
Project coordination: Dominic Dives, Christine Magosch
Project content: The peer-to-peer strategy consultation on digitisation in teaching and learning serves as an important pillar in the offer of the Higher Education Forum on Digitisation. The consultation is aimed at university administrations in order to initiate strategic processes for digitisation in studying and teaching. The tool also aims to involve all status groups and actively include them in the change process. At the University of Leipzig, a working group consisting of representatives from different status groups was formed to develop and implement the process and the resulting tasks.
Work task: Accompanying the development of a strategy for the digitisation of teaching, involving and networking stakeholders, publicising the process in the faculties, developing, implementing and monitoring individual measures in accordance with the digitisation strategy.