Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM)

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The Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) analyses teaching and learning with digital technologies. The institute researches classical forms of teaching in higher education and schools as well as learning opportunities in informal settings such as museums, the internet, or the workplace. In a multidisciplinary environment, around 60 scientists with backgrounds in cognition, behavioural and social sciences work on solving research questions concerning individual and collective knowledge acquisition. They collaborate closely with media development and media technology.

The IWM transfers its research results into practice and thus provides valuable input for media-supported teaching and learning scenarios.

Research at the IWM is structured in three areas:

  • Knowledge acquisition with interactive presentation media

  • Knowledge acquisition with communication and cooperation media

  • Cross-sectional research activities

Individual Learning with Hypermedia, Cybermedia, and Multimedia

The use of hyper-, cyber-, and multimedia offers innovative options for the design of computer-based learning environments. Two research groups investigate the question of how to harness the potential of hypermedial and cybermedial forms of representation for different learning scenarios while minimising possible interfering factors. Another research group deals with basic cognitive processes and resources involved in processing multimedial learning material.

Collaborative Learning Scenarios and Internet-Based Communication

How can the potential of digital communication and cooperation media be harnessed for cooperative learning and internet-based knowledge exchange? The research groups in this area focus on joint knowledge acquisition in common learning and teaching scenarios (e.g. in school or higher education) as well as in qualitatively different or new scenarios (e.g. knowledge exchange in virtual communities).

Cross-sectional Activities

The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus "Cognitive Interfaces" is an institutionalised form of cross-sectional research activity. In the interdisciplinary research association, IWM researchers cooperate with partners from the University of Tübingen. They conduct research on how ideas, actions and working practices in the context of digital media can be improved through the design of human-machine interfaces.

The IWM promotes national and international exchange through cooperation with other research institutions. At the national level, the institute is a member of the Leibniz Association and collaborates closely with the Department for Applied Cognitive Psychology and Media Psychology of the University of Tübingen. From 2009 to 2016, the IWM and the University of Tübingen conducted Germany's first Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus - since 2017 the research is continued with the title "Cognitive Interfaces". Internationally, the IWM cooperates with renowned institutions inside and outside of Europe.

Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien: www.iwm-tuebingen.de
Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Tübingen: www.wissenschaftscampus-tuebingen.de

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