Employing SlideWiki in Blended Learning Scenarios by IBWM

One of the three external InfAI partners which will test the SlideWiki platform to evaluate and to maximise its impact is the Institute for Education and Science Management Leipzig (IBWM). The Institute is a private consulting and research institute founded in early 2015. The IBWM develops on a scientific basis specific studies, individual strategies and innovative solutions for the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), especially for universities and research institutions. In the foreground is the cooperation of people in knowledge-intensive, complex and increasingly dynamic tasks, in which the use of ICT is becoming increasingly important.

The SlideWiki trial packages of IBWM comprises two trials that will employ SlideWiki in a blended learning scenario. The test will cover all of the trial topics of the tender on the basis of existing SlideWiki functionality/data.

IBWM_Andreas_Thor_ClassRoomHigher education trial “Linking digital artefacts to SlideWiki”

The focus of the first trial is on linking digital artefacts to SlideWiki within an existing blended learning course on data management. The generated SlideWiki deck will not only act as a container for presentation slides but more as a central hub that points to relevant e-learning content.

Currently, IBWM is employing SlideWiki in a Bachelor-level course on databases for extra-occupational students. A first set of slide decks has already been generated (see The time in the classroom is mostly spent on discussing practical case studies where the instructor complements the slides with digital artefacts, such as handwritten notes or SQL queries. The SlideWiki decks are then linked to these digital artefacts afterwards so that students can recap the “classroom action”, e.g., by executing SQL code directly within the slide. 

Professional education trial “Blended learning course for managing research projects”

The second trial will establish a new blended learning course on managing research projects with the help of SlideWiki. Data management and project management are both very popular learning subjects and thus are likely to attract a high number of new users for the SlideWiki platform.

In the past, IBWM has already conducted several professional trainings on managing research projects. Based on this experience IBWM is about to create a blended learning course tailored to the specific needs of research organizations and their researchers. After developing the course structure, currently existing and new material is used to create a comprehensive slide deck using SlideWiki. Participants for the first of three course rounds have already registered. Soon the first course will start.

Written by Prof. Dr. Andreas Thor and Prof. Dr. Gunnar Auth

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