Textbook and e-book on academic research and writing

Academic research and writing 9783981558616

Academic research and writing: A concise introduction, Frankfurt am Main 2016.

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Pre-conference interview “#tdlfhstp18: Studierende übernehmen Verantwortung”, Tag der Lehre 2018, FH St. Pölten, Austria (in German)

The pre-conference interview on “Das akademische Selbstkonzept als Adventure Capital in explorativen Lernumgebungen” with Christian F. Freisleben-Teutscher as well as Dr. Anna Mucha and me is now available on YouTube:

More information can be found on the website of “SKILL – Service und Kompetenzzentrum für Innovatives Lehren und Lernen” @ FH St.Pölten.

@ Christian: Thank you very much!

Conference paper on research-based learning (in German)

New article:

Decker, C., & Mucha, A. (2018).
Bridging the Gap: Vom passiven Lesen zum aktiven Forschen.
In N. Neuber, W. Paravicini, & M. Stein (Hrsg.), Schriften zur allgemeinen Hochschuldidaktik Band 3. Forschendes Lernen. The Wider View (S. 201 – 204). Münster: WTM-Verlag.

Conference proceedings

Seventh AIM student poster research conference on “International Corporate Governance – A Transatlantic Perspective”

On Wednesday, 20 June 2018, the seventh AIM student poster research conference took place at HAW Hamburg. 21 junior researchers enrolled in the degree programme Foreign Trade/International Management (B. Sc.) presented their research work.

The general topic of the semester was “International Corporate Governance – A Transatlantic Perspective”. As always, individual topics addressed a diverse set of aspects. The instructors awarded Natalie C. Klein, Natalie Mielczarek, Vanessa Mielczarek and Lars J. P. Kamm with the instructor’s best poster award. Additionally, students voted for the students’ best poster award, which was awarded to Natalie Mielczarek, Vanessa Mielczarek and Lars J. P. Kamm as well.

The posters were developed in the context of the course “Academic research and writing“. Coursework was organised by way of team teaching undertaken by our librarian Detlev Dannenberg, Prof. Dr. Michael Gille, student assistants Dawid Szmigielski and Serhat Akkaya as well as me. Graduate student Philipp Schenk helped to organise the conference.

Dr. jur. Carsten Jungmann, Programme Director Law, Bucerius Law School, Hamburg and Chief Legal Officer, Birkenstock Group, Neustadt (Wied) delivered a keynote speech on “Liability of Board Members for Business Judgements”. Attendees received an enlightening presentation enriched with stochastic reflections from the perspective of a legal scholar and practitioner. The speech was followed by a lively discussion of selected issues.

@ Dr. Jungmann: Thank you very much for visiting us!

Additional information:

The teaching concept is based on blended learning and research-based learning. The course is modelled around the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Students are provided with various access points to the course contents, which can be combined or used on a standalone basis: learning videos, textbook, webinars, library excursions, tutorials, walk-in labs and poster labs support individual learning styles.

For more information on poster conferences in general see my article.

New publication on research-based learning (in German)

New article:

Decker, C., & Mucha, A. (2018).
Forschendes Lernen lernen. Zu den didaktischen und emotionalen Herausforderungen der Integration von Lernen über, für und durch Forschung.
In die hochschullehre 4, 143 – 160.

Link to article (open access):

New publication on learning without fear and shame (in German)

New article:

Mucha, A., & Decker, C. (2018).
Lernen ohne Angst vor Scham – wie geht das?
In: DUZ. Deutsche Universitätszeitung (2), 69 – 71.

Link to article (restricted access):

DUZ

New publication on explorative learning settings in higher education (in German)

New article:

Mucha, A., & Decker, C. (2018).
Explorative Lernumgebungen in der Hochschullehre: Eine Zumutung? In: Die Neue Hochschule (1), 28 – 29.

Die Neue Hochschule

Workshop on Digital Mastery Learning Model (DMLM)

On 2 and 3 February, Anna Mucha and I held a workshop on online courses based on the Digital Mastery Learning Model (DMLM) at HAW Hamburg, Hamburg.

Anna Mucha

The DMLM is a time-independent and decentralized virtual educational setting based on the concept of mastery learning (Bloom 1968) and modern digital learning designs. Among others, we addressed theoretical foundations, practical examples, self-concept aspects and operational implementation in Moodle.

A number of colleagues will adapt the concept in order to rework their courses and to test the new design during the summer term 2018. An evaluation will accompany the transformation process.

Sixth AIM student poster research conference on “United Nations – Providing Stability in an Unstable World”

On Wednesday, 10 January 2018, the sixth AIM student poster research conference  took place at HAW Hamburg. 32 junior researchers enrolled in the degree programme Foreign Trade/International Management (B. Sc.) presented their research work.

The general topic of the semester was “United Nations – Providing Stability in an Unstable World”. Individual topics addressed a diverse set of aspects. The instructors awarded Tom Teubert, Selma Wünsch  and Philipp Jakubczyk with the instructor’s best poster award. Additionally, students voted for the students’ best poster award which was awarded to Umut Kaya, Yunus Yürümez and Tooba Shahid.

The posters were developed in the context of the course “Academic research and writing“. Coursework was organised by way of team teaching undertaken by our librarian Detlev Dannenberg and me as well as my student assistants Dawid Szmigielski and Serhat Akkaya.

Prof. Dr. Elvira Rosert, Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik, Universität Hamburg delivered a keynote speech on “Mediation, Intervention, and Peacekeeping. The United Nations as a Provider of Peace and Security”. Attendees received an insightful and critical analysis from the perspective of a political scientist. The speech was followed by a lively discussion of selected issues.

@ Elvira Rosert: Thank you very much for visiting us!

Additional information:

The teaching concept is based on blended learning and research-based learning. The course is modelled around the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Students are provided with various access points to the course contents, which can be combined or used on a standalone basis: learning videos, textbook, webinars, library excursions, tutorials, walk-in labs and poster labs support individual learning styles.

For more information on poster conferences in general see my latest article.

New publications on case-based examinations and poster conferences (in German)

Two new articles:

Decker, C. (2017)

Fallbasierte Klausuren. In J. Gerick, A. Sommer, & G. Zimmermann (Hrsg.), Kompetent Prüfungen gestalten: 50 Prüfungsformate für die Hochschullehre (S. 80 – 83). Münster: Waxmann/UTB.

Posterkonferenzen. In J. Gerick, A. Sommer, & G. Zimmermann (Hrsg.), Kompetent Prüfungen gestalten: 50 Prüfungsformate für die Hochschullehre (S. 185 – 188). Münster: Waxmann/UTB.

New publication on doctoral studies as explorative learning environments (in German)

New article:

Mucha, A., & Decker, C. (2017)

Der Dissertationsprozess als explorative Lernumgebung: Warum erfolgreiches Promovieren (auch) eine Frage der sozialen Herkunft ist. In: ZDfm. Zeitschrift für Diversitätsforschung und -management 2(2), 29 – 34.

Link to article (restricted access)

Diversitätsforschung

New publication on Learning-how-to-learn (in German)

New article:

Mucha, A., Decker, C., & Szmigielski, D. (2017).
Learning-how-to-learn oder Sich selbst eine gute Lehrperson sein. Zu mehr Selbstkompetenz durch Selbstreflexion. In J. Haag, J. Weißenböck, W. Gruber, & C. F. Freisleben-Teutscher (Hrsg.), Deeper Learning – (wie) geht das?!: Tagungsband zum 6. Tag der Lehre an der FH St. Pölten am 19.10.2017 (S. 37 – 47). St. Pölten: Fachhochschule St. Pölten.

TDL17 FH St. Pölten

Pre-conference interview “Geförderte Reflexion als Form von Deeper Learning”, Tag der Lehre 2017, FH St. Pölten, Austria (in German)

The pre-conference interview on “Geförderte Reflexion als Form von Deeper Learning” with Christian F. Freisleben-Teutscher as well as Dr. Anna Mucha and me is now available on YouTube:

More information can be found on the website of “SKILL – Service und Kompetenzzentrum für Innovatives Lehren und Lernen” @ FH St.Pölten.

@ Christian: Thank you very much!

New publication on learning styles and instructional design (in German)

New article:

Decker, C., & Mucha, A. (2017).
Der Lernstilansatz als Inspiration für die universitäre Lehre: Theoretische Grundlagen und exemplarische Anwendung. In B. Berendt, A. Fleischmann, N. Schaper, B. Szczyrba, & J. Wildt (Hrsg.), Neues Handbuch Hochschullehre (Griffmarke A 3.25). Berlin: DUZ.

Conference presentation on research-based learning in corporate finance

Forschendes Lernen

On 27 September 2017, Anna Mucha and I presented our findings on a research-based learning intervention at the research conference “Forschendes Lernen – The Wider View” which took place at Wilhelms-Universität Münster.  In our presentation entitled “Bridging the Gap – From Passive Reading to Active Research”, we elaborated on an instructional design that was introduced in the Corporate Finance course of the Master of International Business Programme (M. Sc.) at HAW Hamburg. The instructional design consists of five core phases:

Phase 1: Transparent explanation of instructional design to students
Phase 2: Reception and reflection of selected seminal papers of Nobel laureates in groups of two students
Phase 3: Development of a new (own) research question
Phase 4: Exploration of the new problem
Phase 5: Presentation of (i) seminal paper and (ii) own research findings to other course participants

The instructional design helps to overcome the gap between reception of research findings (and underlying methods) on the one hand side and production (derivation) of new research findings (using newly acquired research methods) on the other hand side. Thereby, students are guided from “learning about research” via “learning for research” to “learning through research”.

In 2018, a summary of our findings will be published in the conference proceedings.

Hamburg Teaching Award 2017

Together with Fabian Frielitz, I was awarded the Hamburg Teaching Award 2017 (Hamburger Lehrpreis 2017) for our team teaching efforts in the context of the course “Academic research and writing” (ARAW), which forms part of the degree programme “Foreign Trade / International Management (B.Sc.)” at HAW Hamburg – Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

First and foremost, I would like to thank my students for the nomination: I feel deeply honoured by your sympathy.

Furthermore, I would like to express my gratitude to my two academic tutors Dawid Szmigielski and Serhat Akkaya as well as to our librarian Detlev Dannenberg for constantly supporting the course. You would have deserved the price as much as we do.

Last but not least, I would like to thank Rita Werner and Stephan Beier for their ongoing support of the ARAW project.

The award highlights a temporary point of culmination of a design-based research project, which started with the development of a completely new course design in 2012 and continued with the introduction of a blended learning scenario in 2014, the competency-based restructuring in 2014/15, the implementation of a dedicated website with video tutorials and the publication of a corresponding textbook and an e-book in 2016.

And yet, the ARAW story goes on. The ARAW team is preparing the next big step, which will be announced soon: Stay tuned!

 

Fifth AIM student poster research conference on “Risk, crisis and catastrophe management”

On Wednesday, 21 June 2017, the fifth AIM student poster research conference  took place at HAW Hamburg. 28 junior researchers enrolled in the degree programme Foreign Trade/International Management (B. Sc.) presented their research work.

The general topic of the semester was “Risk, crisis and catastrophe management”. Individual topics addressed a diverse set of aspects (e.g. country risk, kidnapping, piracy, hurricane, compliance, telemedicine, forensics and cyber crime). The instructors awarded Claudia Lange, Rebecca Sabrowsky, Antonio Petrovic and Christian Rohde with the instructor’s best poster award.

The posters were developed in the context of the course “Academic research and writing“. Coursework was organised by way of team teaching undertaken by Dr. Fabian Frielitz, our librarian Detlev Dannenberg and me as well as my student assistants Dawid Szmigielski and Serhat Akkaya.

The conference was framed by a keynote speech on “Global Existential Risks” that was delivered by Dr. Andreas Martin Lisewski, Scientific Fellow, Life Sciences & Chemistry, Jacobs University Bremen. Attendees received an insightful and entertaining presentation from the perspective of a natural scientist, which was followed by a brief discussion of selected issues.

@ Martin: Thank you very much for visiting us!

Additional information:

The teaching concept is based on blended learning and research-based learning. The course is modelled around the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Students are provided with various access points to the course contents, which can be combined or used on a standalone basis: learning videos, textbook, webinars, library excursions, tutorials, walk-in labs and poster labs support individual learning styles.

For more information on poster conferences in general see my latest article.

New publication on SoTL and agile (dynamic) digital higher education (in German)

New article:

Mucha, A., & Decker, C. (2017).
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning für eine agile digitale Hochschuldidaktik. In Synergie. Fachmagazin für Digitalisierung in der Lehre 3(2), 20 – 23.

Synergie

Workshop on “Online courses” at Universität zu Lübeck, 12 & 13 June 2017

On 12 and 13 June 2017, I held a workshop on “Online courses in higher education” at Dozierenden-Service-Center (DSC), Universität zu Lübeck. Together with seven participants, I was exploring selected facets of online teaching.

Among others, we did a card assisted brainstorming on identifying characteristics of “online courses”. It still seems to be a challenge to find a consistent idea among a group of informed participants about what characterises an “online course”. Maybe this should not come as a surprise since the term carries many connotations. Moreover, I observed that discussions tend to become more fruitful when moving away from technological aspects while approaching higher education issues (i.e. instructional design aspects).

@ Dr. Bettina Jansen-Schulz: Thank you very much for the invitation and your sympathy and support!

New publication on shame and failure in problem- and research-based learning scenarios (in German)

New article:

Mucha, A. & Decker, C. (2017).
(Die Angst vor) Scheitern und Scham in problemorientierten und forschenden Lehr-/Lernszenarien.
In B. Berendt, A. Fleischmann, N. Schaper, B. Szczyrba, & J. Wildt (Hrsg.), Neues Handbuch Hochschullehre. Berlin: DUZ.

Scham und Scheiter

Link to article (restricted access)