In 2008 the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences was one of the first faculties at Universität Hamburg to set up an eLearning office. The office provides information, advice, and support to Faculty members, representing their views beyond the Faculty.
Supporting the integration of digital media into studies and teaching
Supporting the integration of digital media into studies and teaching is a high priority for the Faculty. It considers digital media and learning platforms to be useful tools in teaching, supervision, and collaboration.
The Faculty is actively involved in developing and advancing these eLearning platforms and tools (OLAT, CommSy, ONYX, Lecture2Go) and provides support during the introduction of new tools (lecture hall voting systems, smartboards).
A new eLearning project studio will be set up at the Faculty soon. This measure is intended to meet increasing requirements in the production quality of audiovisual media.
Since 2010, the Faculty has been funding individual projects as part of a grant program, which has been implemented 5 times to date.
Services and activities
Lecture2Go is the central media portal of Universität Hamburg. It contains video recordings of around 100 lectures and conferences that have taken place at the Faculty. Around 10 series of recordings are added each semester. WiSoCommSy is the Faculty's platform for communication and collaboration in teaching and study groups. In the 2015 Summer Semester, it had around 3,000 active users. Approximately 10 percent of teaching staff use OLAT, Universität Hamburg’s platform for complex eLearning content.
It has been utilized as a systematic learning support tool in courses on methodology and introductory political science, for instance. Following a suggestion by Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schnapp, first-year students in the Department of Social Sciences started using the self-assessment system available on OLAT, Lecture2Go-Videos, and the lecture hall voting system of the Faculty to study important course content.
The virtual learning environment that accompanies the textbook Public and Non-Profit Management by Prof. Dr. Silke Boenigk (and Prof. Dr. Bernd Helmig) is another interesting eLearning project. In 2013, the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) gave the book and the publicly accessible OLAT course an “exemplary” rating during the annual award ceremony of the Textbook Award. The virtual course features videos, self-assessments, case studies, and examples.
Creative use of digital media has seen many Faculty members nominated for, and winning, the Hamburg Teaching Prize.