Digital media are playing an increasingly large in daily life. People nowadays readily use computers, Internet and mobile technologies at school, at work or in their leisure time. At the same time the information environments are becoming more and more complex. With this in mind, the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen investigates how digital media affects knowledge and communication processes and how they can be used in order to optimize these processes. The psychological basic and application oriented research of IWM’s scientists focuses mainly on five fields of practice:
- Teaching and learning with digital media in schools
- Teaching and learning with digital media in universities
- Knowledge-related internet usage
- Knowledge work with digital media
- Knowledge transfer in museums and exhibitions
Together with cooperation partners from practice the IWM jointly realizes pilot projects for testing new learning scenarios. One example is the information portal e-teaching.org (in German only) for the application of digital media in university teaching. In the field of practice school the IWM has – together with education researchers from the Leibniz Universität Hannover and partners from practice – developed a prototype for a digital school book (eChemBook). Since 2016, the IWM has a digital teaching lab TüDiLab (in German), where media based teaching processes can be analyzed. The research done at the IWM thus results in essential knowledge for scientific progress and gives answers to important societal questions.
Important work and offers:
- The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus “Cognitive Interfaces” (WCT) is an interdisciplinary research network of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien and the University of Tübingen. It focuses on how thinking, acting and working in the context of digital media can be improved by designing human-computer interfaces. Apart from psychology, the fields of computer science, medicine, didactics of biology, media science and education are also involved.
- The LEAD („Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development“) Graduate School & Research Network offers an integrated research and training program for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers willing to do research in the fields of learning, educational achievement, and life course development. The IWM is actively involved in the supervision of PhD students in the LEAD program. Furthermore, several IWM lab heads are members of the steering committee of LEAD.
- The Tübingen School of Education (TüSE) structures, pools and organizes the research of teacher education in Tübingen. It actively promotes new research activities and connects existing expertise. The IWM works closely together with Tübingen University. In the context of TüSE a new junior professorship for Teaching and Learning with Digital Media was created. Also associated with TüSE is the Tübingen Digital Teaching Lab (TüDiLab – in German), which is located at the IWM. The TüDiLab simulates a classroom equipped with up-to-date digital media and data collection instruments. The project has two aims: (1) practice-oriented professionalization of teachers related to their media competence in the context of the Tübingen School of Education, and (2) research on the effects of teaching with digital media.