Abgeschlossene Projekte

Completed projects

(2021 - 2022)

In the „BLEND & ORIENT“ project, the ZML and the Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV) developed a blended learning concept for the bachelor's course in digital technology. The aim was to enrich the face-to-face courses with digital elements and to interlink all elements effectively. 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 will be used for this purpose.


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(2019 - 2022)

The ZML was involved in the international project of the European university network EPICUR (European Partnership for Innovative Campus Unifying Regions). EPICUR is creating an attractive, innovative European university for a new generation - a generation that will face the major social challenges of the future Europe.


The European Commission has funded the European university consortium EPICUR with five million euros over the last three years. The members of this consortium were the four EUCOR partners in Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Strasbourg and Mulhouse, as well as the universities of Amsterdam, Thessaloniki, Poznań and Vienna (BOKU). The consortium was initiated by the EUCOR universities.


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(2018 - 2022)

The DiKraft project – Da cross-industry digital service and training network for the skilled workers of tomorrow – was aimed at skilled workers and trainees from the skilled trades. Compact learning modules, known as learning nuggets, were created for them, which can be accessed flexibly using mobile devices. Intuitive access is intended to make it easier for skilled workers and trainees to strengthen their skills in cross-sector processes. The ZML was involved in the design and development of these tools. The focus was on the overall media didactic concept and the production of the learning nuggets. 


The project started in April 2018 and was funded by the BMBF to the tune of over one million euros over four years. fokus.energie was responsible for coordinating the project to set up a transfer point for all trades relating to energy-efficient construction and energy-efficient building renovation as a platform for digital training.


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(2018 - 2021)

After almost three years, the BePerfekt project was successfully completed. The overarching aim of the project, which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), was to make the innovation potential of the German science and research landscape even more accessible to stakeholders from society, culture, politics and business in the future. To this end, a service was developed to support the training and further education of effective transfer managers. Once the project has been completed, the training modules and qualification opportunities it contains will be offered on the new KTT community portal „Fokus-Transfer“ This means that the courses will continue to be freely accessible to KTT managers in non-university research institutions, universities and research-related transfer companies.


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(2016 - 2018)

In the CLICS – Continuous Learning in International Collaborative project, international training and further education courses were developed that were to be accessible to a large number of participants and make a contribution to lifelong learning. The ZML was mainly involved in the production of three international MOOCs on the topics of "Automated Speech Recognition", "Machine Translation" and "Robotics".


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(2017 - 2019)

In the SmILES project, electrical and thermal energy networks are simulated in order to optimize the intelligent integration of energy storage systems into local multi-energy systems. The aim is to contribute to a higher share of renewable energies in the European energy mix in the long term. The ZML was involved in the SmILES project, particularly in the areas of communication and publications. Among other things, two webinars were developed and implemented as target group-oriented communication measures. 


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 Leadership for Syria

DThe DAAD-Programm Leadership for Syria (LfS External Link) was one of the largest German academic education and training programs funded as part of the German government's long-term foreign policy initiatives. It not only enabled 190 Syrian scholarship holders from the natural sciences, engineering and medicine to continue their academic careers at German universities. With a compulsory accompanying program in political and administrative science, it also aimed to equip the Master's and doctoral students with the tools to take on leadership responsibility in their destroyed home country and - it is hoped - make a lasting contribution to the subsequent reconstruction of Syria. The Center for Media Learning (ZML) at KIT contributed its online expertise to the accompanying program, which was supported by the  Academy for Scientific Continuing Education at the University of Konstanz External Link getragen wurde.


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Video tutorials: Video-based teaching of scientific working techniques (2014 - 2015)

On behalf of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Center for Media Learning converted the lecture "Working Techniques in Mechanical Engineering" into a video-based online format. The concept, based on 38 short video tutorials, covered topics such as literature research, scientific writing, scientific presentations, time and self-management and working in a team. The ZML supplemented the learning units with additional in-depth materials and control questions to check the students' own learning progress. The online modules each concluded with an online test, which was a prerequisite for participation in the workshop dates associated with the event.

E-Learning-Kurs "Science. Understandable. Writing"
(10/2015 - 10/2016)

Together with the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik), the ZML developed the e-learning course "Wissenschaft. Understandable. Writing" for students in the advanced Bachelor's or Master's phase at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The young scientists learn how to communicate their research in an exciting, concise, yet factually correct and at the same time understandable way for non-experts from the general public. The semester-accompanying course has been a fixed and popular, successful part of the HoC course offering since 2016. It boasts a sophisticated didactic concept, shaped by both institutions, with a user-friendly design, focusing animations, informative instructional videos and a wide variety of exercises.

Online magazine Explore House
(10/2012 - 12/2015)

Discover, discuss and exchange ideas on the topic of energy on a European scale - these were the opportunities offered by the Explore House online magazine. Current articles, interviews and podcasts formed an interface to the KIC InnoEnergy and conveyed interesting facts about education, innovation and science. This knowledge and communication portal specifically addressed pupils, teachers, start-ups, scientists and the interested public in general and connected these players with each other. In this way, Explore House facilitated a diverse dialog between experts and laypeople.


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Teacher training in scientific work (NWA)
(2011 - 2015)

In cooperation with the state seminars for didactics and teacher training (secondary schools), the ZML carried out further training on the topic of "Scientific Work" on behalf of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. The offer in the form of an internet-based contact study was aimed at teachers at secondary level I and dealt with the topics "Spaceship Earth", "Materials", "Information" and "Energy". One of the reasons for this was the merger of the subjects of biology, physics and chemistry to form the "Natural Science Work (NWA)" subject group. The participants in the training course expanded their scientific background and developed corresponding teaching concepts. In addition, the training offered participants the opportunity to network across different types of schools in order to exchange teaching experiences and materials.



Lecture recordings
(2021 - 2023)

Lecture recordings have not only been available at KIT since the coronavirus pandemic. The automation of recordings has been driven forward since 2018 and lecture halls have been technically equipped for this purpose. In the past two years, the demand for lecture recordings has increased many times over and required rapid expansion and the widest possible availability. It can also be assumed that lecture recordings will play a much greater role in the post-pandemic period than before. It is therefore important to further develop and consolidate the existing processes. This has been done in the "Lecture Recording" project..


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(2021 - 2022)

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that many students have had to complete their internships remotely. The remote internship format is new in many places and brings with it many challenges that need to be overcome by the target groups involved. The EPIDI ("European Partnership for Innovation in Distant Internships") project focused on the necessary framework conditions and skills. The project aimed to develop best practice recommendations and e-learning modules for remote internships at universities in order to successfully deal with the changes in working methods and in the workplace..


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(2020 - 2021)

In the AMALEA project, a joint project group of the ZML and the s Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV) developed a German-language Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the topic of Applied Machine Learning Algorithms. The MOOC provides a basic understanding of Machine Learning as well as practical skills in working with algorithms. Developed in close cooperation with the  KI Campus AMALEA is available to all interested parties without restrictions on the KI Campus platform since September 2021:: https://ki-campus.org/amalea.


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Lehre hoch Forschung
(2011 - 2020)

The  „KIT – LehreForschungproject pursued the goal of research-oriented teaching implemented across the board and strategically. On the one hand, the focus was on the early involvement of all students in research projects; on the other hand, the quality of teaching was to be sustainably increased, taking into account the principle "teaching follows research". The project was integrated into the „Qualitätspakt Lehre" (duration 2011-2020), a federal-state program for better study conditions and more quality in teaching, which is intended to improve student support and teaching quality at universities.


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(2014 - 2019)

The Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany) Lecture Translators has honored the innovative potential of the Lecture Translator and its excellent possibility of technical simultaneous translation of German-language lectures into other languages. The award is associated with a grant to better develop its use for the German university landscape based on its successful use at KIT.


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(2016 - 2018)

The ZML was involved in the project "iBRIDGE", which was intended to facilitate the entry into the master's course for prospective geophysicists: In the developed, online-based bridge course, students can individually assemble learning modules including videos and online exercises. In addition, a digital teaching material pool was set up for the study courses in geophysics in Germany.


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MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
(2015 - 2018)

MOOCs combine parts of knowledge transfer and interactive elements to promote skills. Included are, for example, video units and quizzes/tasks, as well as forums for discussion and mutual exchange. Depending on the platform, further inputs can be integrated in a targeted manner, for example through live chats or video conferences with experts.

With its E-Learning Services at KIT, the ZML offered a wide range of support for creating own MOOCs and other video-based teaching formats and was a successful project partner and service provider in this field. We advised and supported in the production and implementation of corresponding courses. The ZML was also involved in university development, strategy formation, and the creation of suitable framework conditions at KIT and beyond.

The ZML was involved in the development and production of the  following MOOCs.

Scientific training on energy topics
(01/2011 - 11/2016)

Starting in 2011, the Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning at KIT developed online-based and in-service scientific training courses on energy topics for specialists and executives. The flexible contact studies were offered in both German and English on the following topics: Renewable Energies, Energy English, Electrical Power Transmission, Technology Assessment and Energy Turnaround, Energy Economy, Renewable Energies, and Energy Economics.

Their blended learning concept, which combined the advantages of online learning with two to three-day attendance phases in Karlsruhe, was fundamental for the offers and always made it possible to include up-to-date content with a high practical relevance in the contact studies. The participants learned about the latest findings from science for professional practice and were also able to make contacts within Europe-wide networks during their further education. After successful completion of the six-month courses, the participants received a certificate (Certificate of Advanced Studies or Diploma of Advanced Studies when completing several courses). The scientific training courses were supported by the Knowledge Innovation Community InnoEnergy, a pan-European company for innovation, entrepreneurship and education in the field of renewable energies initiated by the European Union. 


Study "Media University-Perspectives 2020 in Baden-Württemberg" (2015)

Numerous Internet-based learning applications and environments have been developed in recent years and are now finding their way into academic education. Against this background, the study "Mediale Hochschulperspektiven 2020 in Baden-Württemberg" was conducted. It contributes to the adequate design of media-based university teaching in Baden-Württemberg. As case studies, the University of Stuttgart and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology examined relevant topics of media teaching and learning in the field of academic education. The aim of the study was not only to present the current situation but also to describe future developments as a possible basis for strategic developments at university and state level.

Digital innovation in further education

Training series on the sustainable introduction of digital media in further education

There are many ways to shape lifelong learning with digital media. The continuing education series "Digital Innovation in Continuing Education" supported skilled personnel and teachers at educational institutions in Baden-Württemberg in using digital innovation for their own benefit. Workshops dealt with the topics of video production and use, use of social media and the creation of e-books in further education and adult education. The programme was run by the MFG Innovation Agency for Media and Creative Industries and the Centre for Media Learning and was part of the Alliance for Lifelong Learning. It was the follow-up project to the coaching programme Education Management 2.0, which was successfully completed in November 2013.

Teacher training in science and technology (NwT)
(2007 - 2012)

After a period of six years, the teacher training course NwT - Science and Technology for teachers at general secondary schools was completed at the end of 2012. On behalf of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport of Baden-Württemberg, the Centre for Media Learning (then still called the Distance Learning Centre), together with various partners, conducted this internet-based further training course to prepare teachers for the requirements of the newly established profile subject NwT. A total of almost 500 teachers took part in this advanced training.