BLEND & ORIENT - Digital Learning Elements in the Digital Technology Course

In the project "BLEND & ORIENT" the ZML together with the Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV) develops a blended learning concept for the bachelor course Digital Technology. The aim is to enrich the present courses with digital elements and to effectively interlink all elements. The resulting learning offer is intended to make it easier for first-year students to find their way around the subject on the one hand, and to promote motivation and continuous learning over the course of the semester on the other. A digital learning map, cross-course challenges and supporting learning videos are used for this purpose.

The bachelor's program "Electrical Engineering and Information Technology" of the KIT Faculty ETIT of the same name provides its first-semester students with basic theoretical qualifications, among others in the fields of mathematics, physics, and digital technology. While the first two are already familiar to many first-year students from school, access to subject-specific content proves to be much more difficult.

Contact persons at the ZML
Michael Gauss
Phone: +49 721 608-48206

Manuela Schmidt
Phone: +49 721-608-48167∂

The aim of the BLEND & ORIENT project is to support the introduction to the subject of digital technology through a blended learning concept that promotes learning and motivation. To this end, the present courses (lecture, lecture hall exercise and tutorial) are to be supplemented by digital elements and interlinked more closely. As digital elements, a digital learning map, tasks in the sense of a "Challenge-Bases-Learning" approach as well as corresponding supporting learning videos will be designed and produced. These will then be integrated into the existing digital learning spaces on the ILIAS learning platform.

The digital learning map and the challenges are intended to connect the different thematic sections of the course and to highlight their relevance for studies and professional practice. The activating challenges are supplemented by short video clips. These are intended to motivate the students by illustrating the reference to real problems. In addition, they are designed to support the completion of the challenge tasks by highlighting a "knowledge space" whose content students should already have mastered at this point in the semester. At the same time, the digital course room on ILIAS relates the individual parts of the course to each other to facilitate orientation in the subject.

Publications & Presentations

  • Process development for the integration of digital teaching elements in electrical engineering (2022) Barth, A.; Schmidt M.; Gauß M. - Inverted Classroom and beyond (22.02.-23.02.2022), online.