University of Bremen: Lecture on the digitization of studies and teaching

In the past decade, universities have set out to use the potential of digital media for changing learning and teaching processes. Concepts such as “Blended Learning” and “Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)” already played an important role. The pandemic has accelerated this process immensely. Suddenly all lecturers had to offer purely online events and students had to switch from face-to-face events to virtual courses using video conferencing systems.

On the one hand, this showed the possibilities of digitally supported learning and teaching and, on the other hand, it made clear the importance of the juxtaposition of “real” and “virtual” spaces. The open questions are: What remains of the momentum, what can be transferred in a positive sense for the face-to-face university of the future and what were wrong paths that should be avoided as far as possible?

After an outline of the problem at the beginning of Professor Andreas Breiter (Center for Media, Communication and Information Research / ZeMKI and Chief Digital Officer of the University of Bremen), the following discussions will be held under his moderation:

• Professor Jutta Allmendinger, Berlin Science Center for Social Research (WZB)
• Oliver Janoschka, Program Manager Stifterverband / Branch Manager University Forum Digitization
• Professor Thomas Hoffmeister, Vice President Studies and Teaching, University of Bremen
• Professor Susanne K. Schmidt, Dean of the Social Sciences Department, University of Bremen
• Bernadette Gruber , Student, digital change maker, FernUniversität Hagen

Growth through knowledge – science for Bremen: Under this motto, the Conrad Naber Lecture “Visions”, named after its founder, aims to exemplify the growth potential through knowledge using outstanding examples at the science location Bremen.