Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus "Informational Environments"

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The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Tübingen "Informational Environments" is the first Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus nationwide in the context of the identically named initiative by the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. The Leibniz Knowledge Media Research Centre (IWM) along with the University of Tübingen initiated this interdisciplinary reseach network to link university and non-university research.

Lifelong learning is no longer a mere idea but has become something most people in our society take for granted. However, lifelong learning is by no means limited to traditional, formal, and institutional contexts, but is increasingly found in informal contexts as well. Modern media, in particular the World Wide Web, are perfectly suited for the latter type of learning. These developments are changing the educational landscape altogether. From this wealth of information at their hands, learners combine distinct elements according to their interests, needs, and abilities, which they access on a regular basis. This personalised subset of knowledge is called "informational environment".

The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Tübingen "Informational Environments" does use-inspired, interdisciplinary, multi-method empirical research on how informational environments provide learning opportunities for 21st century citizens, but also on how technologies must be shaped in order to counteract barriers and biases to learning.

The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus’ objective is to establish a denser network with a clear strategic focus to further the development of empirical educational research in Tübingen and to strengthen the scientific field dealing with this topic. For this purpose, the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Tübingen bundles expertise from psychology, sociology, educational research, computer science, economics, media science, and medicine.

Further partners are the Centre for European Economic Research Mannheim, the University of Freiburg, the Freiburg University of Education, the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning Bonn and the Stuttgart Media University.


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