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Collaborative teaching and learning with digital media in teacher education: mobile – professional – inclusive


Project duration: 01.03.2020 - 31.12.2023

Collaborative teaching and learning with digital media in teacher education: mobile – professional – inclusive

In the project K4D, concepts and formats of digital collaboration are developed in different departments of the TU Dortmund University to increase the didactic and methodological quality of teaching and learning processes through a substantial and collaborative use of digital media in university courses. The project team at the Center for Research on Education and School Development (IFS) is responsible for the scientific monitoring and evaluation of the project.The project K4D pursues to improve the quality of teaching and learning processes in university courses regarding didactic and methodological design aspects by focusing on digital collaboration. Digitality in teaching/learning settings not only enables the processing of a broader spectrum of materials, but also time-shifted and spatially separated work. In order to familiarize student teachers from different subject areas with digital collaborative work and to make it useful for their future careers as teachers, concepts for digital collaborative work are being developed and tested in various sub-projects in the subjects of chemistry, English, mathematics, music, social sciences and sports.

Project description

The evaluation of K4D is located at the Center for Research on Education and School Development (IFS). The study focuses on how students’ attitudes, motivational orientations and self-evaluated competences with regard to digital collaborative work and examining how they develop during their studies.

Using an online-based survey, multiple cohorts of teacher students participate in the evaluation study and answer questionnaires at the beginning and at the end of each semester. In addition, some students voluntarily take part in a follow-up survey beyond the course as they continue their studies. The longitudinal design not only provides important insights into the current state of attitudes, motivation, and self-assessed competences toward digital collaboration among future teachers, but also illustrates initial developmental trends. Thus, first implications on digital collaboration in teaching and learning settings are highlighted with respect to future research and educational practice in an increasingly digital world.

Leading researcher of the evaluation study & Leading researcher of K4D

Foto von Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 232
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5512

Prof. Dr. Stephan Hußmann (Leading researcher of K4D), Technical University Dortmund, Dortmund Competence Center for Teacher Training and Research on Teaching/Teaching (DoKoLL) Email: stephan.hussmann@tu-dortmund.de

Project management

Foto von Dr. Annika Ohle-Peters Dr. Annika Ohle-Peters,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 234
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5516

Project team

Foto von Chantal Lepper, M.A. Chantal Lepper, M.A.,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 018
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5477

External project partners

Jun. Prof. Dr. Carolyn Blume (Teaching and Learning with Digital Media) TU Dortmund University


Jun. Prof. Dr. Dorothee Gronostay (Didactics of Social Sciences with a focus on empirical policy didactics), TU Dortmund University


Prof. Dr. Thomas Jaitner (Movement and Training Science), TU Dortmund University


Prof. Dr. Ulrike Kranefeld (Music Pedagogy), TU Dortmund University


Prof. Dr. Insa Melle (Didactics of Chemistry), TU Dortmund University


Prof. Dr. Marcus Nührenbörger (Didactics of Mathematics), TU Dortmund University


Prof. Dr. Jörg Thiele (Sports Education), TU Dortmund University



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