Ninth AIM student poster research conference on “Mobility – Social, political, legal, economic and managerial implications”

On Wednesday, 19 June 2018, the ninth AIM student poster research conference took place at HAW Hamburg. 31 junior researchers enrolled in the degree programme Foreign Trade/International Management (B. Sc.) presented their research work.

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 and me. 

The general topic of the semester was “Mobility – Social, political, legal, economic and managerial implications”. As always, individual topics addressed a diverse set of aspects. Given the outstanding quality of the presented work, the instructors awarded five students with the instructor’s best poster award: Anna Tessa Aul, Ayke Christian Feindt, Magnus Fielker, Johann Maximilian Mueller and Siran Zhu. Additionally, the audience voted for the students’ best poster award, which was awarded Jens Bohse, Magnus Fielker and Siran Zhu.

Sebastian Hofer, innovation manager at Hochbahn, delivered a keynote speech entitled “Micromobility meets public transport”. In addition to general information on the idea and the latest development of micro-mobility, he presented the cooperation between Hochbahn, Hamburg, and the Scandinavian company Voi, which will test the interlinking of public transport and e-scooters in the Hamburg urban area by means of several pilot projects. After the speech there was an intensive discussion of the presented concept. Together with the speaker, the students reflected on the positive and negative implications of modern mobility concepts. Finally, the students and instructors had the opportunity to test the e-scooter on the long corridor of the university building. For the students, the event was one of the highlights of this semester.  

@ Sebastian: 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 videostextbook, 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.

Workshop on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at ExAcT – RWTH Aachen University, 3 June 2019


On 3 June 2019, I held a workshop on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at ExAcT, RWTH Aachen University in Aachen. Together with eleven participants, mainly research assistants, Ph.D. candidates and postdocs, we were exploring aspects of the SoTL concept. As always, it was interesting to see how the participants approached the concept. SoTL is primarily concerned with the systematic inquiry into teaching and learning of students, but essentially postulates a professional attitude. A conceptual introduction cannot replace a more in-depth examination of the methodological and methodical foundations of teaching and learning research. However, it represents the first step towards a changed view of one’s own actions in academic teaching. Ultimately, I received valuable feedback from the participants to further refine the workshop concept. I am looking forward to return to RWTH Aachen in October.

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