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The project’s aim is to make the particularly extensive recent experiences with challenges and possible solutions to digital teaching sustainably usable for the future. As a concrete and holistic application scenario, international English-language teaching is used. Central to this is the "Digital Incubator" (DI), which is established as a physical and virtual contact point, impulse generator, and distributor to promote the development of a future-oriented range of university courses. The core of this is the implementation of projects in the faculties and subject areas promoting the development and expansion of digital international modules and university programmes. In addition to these projects, a comprehensive networking and support structure is being created, consisting of various networking formats, a think tank for new university programmes, and a qualification offer for university staff. Through the accompanying evaluation, empirical knowledge is collected and constantly fed back into the Digital Incubator. The curricular integration of the developed university programmes and modules represents an important goal for a sustainable, resource-saving, and future-oriented change in teaching and studying at the TU Braunschweig.
The project is funded with 2.3 million euros by the Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre (Foundation for Innovation in University Teaching).
How will the teaching/learning projects be integrated into the DI (Digital Incubator)?
Through various networking opportunities, you will already share your idea with the responsible staff for other funded projects in your funding round. In addition, the DI thrives on the fact that the projects, experiences, tools, and establishment of your project’s development within the curricular are also passed on to the faculties beyond the duration of the project, allowing both students and other teaching staff to further benefit from them in the long term. Furthermore, this effect is strengthened by the content of your good practice reports at the end of the project period and the planned final project presentations.
How can I expect the framework programme to work?
The exact content of this programme will be announced at the kick-off event in April. The topics will be adapted to the needs of the funded projects and will include 1-2 workshops and a number of discussion meetings. In addition to the obligatory kick-off event, there will be a closing event at which the projects and the resulting outcomes will be presented to the broader university public.
I would like to convert my course into English, however, I am wondering whether students have a right be taught and/or examined in German?
The answer to this question is not quite simple. We are currently waiting for an amendment to the Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz (NHG) [Lower Saxony Higher Education Act]. The draft version gives universities the option of allowing study and examination regulations to stipulate that courses and examinations can also be conducted in foreign languages. We hope that the regulation will be passed and come into force in the near future. In the meantime, legally, it would be easier if the course is offered as an elective course, i.e., parallel to elective options available in German.
Can I still apply for this funding line at a later point in time?
The ProDiGI funding line will be offered several times. News on this can be found on our website.
Of course. However, they also need to promote internationalisation and its various aspects, as well as the added benefit of the planned digitalisation of your course. Both must be visible in the application.
A new degree programme cannot be implemented within six months, what is envisaged here, what is eligible?
The ProDiGI funding line is intended as start-up funding and should also be used to support longer-term projects during the funding period. Therefore, we welcome applications for projects at all stages of development. In special cases, funding of the project for up to twelve months can also be applied for. Please justify this in the application if you are applying for funding beyond six months.
What is meant by integrating students, what can an example of that look like in the project?
It should be clear that the teaching project is designed in a student-centred way, i.e., focussing the overall concept of competence-oriented teaching. Integration can also happen, for example, by obtaining regular feedback on the course from the students.
Of course. You can set the ProDiGI website (find this option in the top right corner of you screen) to English. By doing this, you will not only find an English version of the call for proposals, but also of the application form.
How can I apply for a staff position for longer than six months?
In this case, you need to justify why funds for a staff position beyond the regular term of six months are required. You will find the corresponding text field for this at the end of the application form. In this case, please also indicate exactly in the cost plan for how many months you would like to apply for staff funds and include this amount directly in the total sum for personnel funds.
How can I get support from academic assistants to carry out my project?
To obtain support from assistants for the implementation of your project, you have two options:
You have the option to include up to 25 assistant hours a month directly in your application. Indicate the hours required for this in the cost plan and include the incurred costs in the total sum for personnel funds.
Even if you do not apply for your own assistants' hours for your project, you will have access to our project's own pool of assistants during the funding period. They can support you, for example, during your digital teaching sessions, with the use of digital tools, or with the recording of videos or other formats. You can book these directly through us - and depending on availability - via a booking tool on the ProDiGI website, to which you will get access with the start of the funding period.
Can I get help with my plans to use digital tools, even before I submit my application?
Of course. Even before funding - and also independently of funding - the help of the DI and its staff is available to teaching staff at the TU Braunschweig. For example, we can help you find suitable tools or teaching scenarios and, if necessary, also procure digital resources for the DI and make them available to you. If you are interested, simply contact us directly (prodigi-ph(at)tu-braunschweig.de).
Is it possible for two institutions from two faculties to apply for a project together or should two separate applications be submitted?
A joint proposal from two faculties is encouraged. Here, reference could then also be made to the interdisciplinary cooperation in your application itself.
In the case of a joint project proposal from two faculties, is the consent of both deans of studies required?
In this case, the consents of both deans of studies would be preferred, but formally it would be enough if you can show the consent of one dean of studies and that the other one is informed of your plans.
In the case of a joint application by two institutes, is the budget allocated to both partners or can both apply for the personnel and material funds up to the stated maximum in each case?
In this funding line, the upper funding limits for personnel and material resources apply per project, not per participating institute.
Can the staff and assistance funds also be divided and used, for example, for two 25% positions?
Yes, this is possible. Please enter your preferred division of the position in the column for staff funds in the cost plan in the application form.
Can the material funds also be used to purchase, e.g., licences and software for video production for the teaching project?
Yes, this is possible. Note that the ProDiGI project also has additional funds available for the purchase of exactly these kinds of materials. Therefore, should there be a need within – or outside – the funded projects, such purchases would also be a possibility independent of the material funds. Whether such a purchase is possible will be examined on a case-by-case basis. If you have any need for assistance with the purchase or use of digital tools for your classes outside of the funding line, we are very happy to help.
Can material funds of more than 700 euros also be applied for if this higher sum can be justified on the basis of high costs, e.g., for external fees?
No, unfortunately this is not possible as the material resources available to us for the teaching projects are limited.
Our project includes the cooperation with an international partner. Is it enough to simply state in the application that this cooperation is envisaged and/or whom to contact at the partner institution, or...
... is a written confirmation by the partner university required?
This depends on how certain this cooperation is at the point of handing in your application. In case that the partnership is only intended, this should be clearly stated in the application. However, if the cooperation is already confirmed, your application should, preferably, include a Letter of Intent by the partner university. Here, a simple confirmation of your collaboration is sufficient.
Looking for impulses? Here you will find an overview of previously funded projects in the field of digital international teaching.